ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – State labor officials say metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate declined to 8.3 percent in February.

That is down from 8.7 percent the month before and well under the jobless rate of 9.3 percent from February a year ago.

The new numbers were released early Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.

Officials say the rate declined because the number of jobs increased and there were fewer new layoffs.

The number of jobs in metro Atlanta increased by 6,400, climbing to 2.37 million from 2.36 in January.

Most of the growth was in professional and business services, and education and health care. Some seasonal jobs were lost in trade, transportation, and warehousing.

The metro Atlanta unemployment data is not seasonally adjusted.


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