February job growth in metro Atlanta stronger than expected04/16/2019 | AJC
Metro Atlanta’s economy bounced back from seasonal layoffs in January with a burst of jobs the next month, the Georgia Labor Department reported Thursday.
February’s numbers were better than might have been expected: 21,400 more jobs, across a number of sectors, were added to the economy. For the previous five years, Atlanta had added an average of 13,100 jobs in February — 8,300 fewer than in 2019. Moreover, the national jobs report showed the U.S. economy barely added any jobs at all — 20,000 — during the month
The unemployment rate for the region, which had risen to 4.2 percent, dropped last month to 3.8 percent. Jobless claims were lower than the same time a year ago, according to Mark Butler, state labor commissioner.
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