Atlanta Job Loss Drops

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell to 10.4 percent in March — a significant drop from a revised 10.7 percent in February, the state Labor Department reported Thursday. For more information, visit http://www.atlantajobs.com.

March’s unemployment rate sank from 10.7 percent in February to 10.4 percent.

The number of unemployed workers in the area decreased to 277,953, down 7,423 from 285,376 in February. During March, metro Atlanta added 9,900 jobs — growth of 0.4 points, from 2,237,100 to 2,247,000.

In March, 32,647 laid-off workers in Atlanta filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits, an increase of 262, or 0.8 points, from 32,385 in February. There was a decrease of 5,074, or 13.5 percent, from 37,721 filed in March 2009.

As previously reported, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to a record 10.6 percent in March, up 0.1 points from February. It marked the 30th consecutive month Georgia exceeded the national seasonally adjusted rate, which was 9.7 percent.

Meanwhile, the number of unemployed workers in the area decreased to 277,953, down 7,423 from 285,376 in February.

In the Columbus area, unemployment fell from 10.3 percent to 9.9 percent last month while in Augusta, the rate fell from 9.7 percent to 9.2 percent. In Athens, unemployment fell from 8.3 percent to 7.9 percent.

In March, 32,647 laid-off workers in Atlanta filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits, an increase of 262 from February.

The state added 10,500 new jobs in March, an increase of three-tenths of a percentage point.