The rate continued to hold steady at 8.7 percent for preliminary September projections from August, which is also the same rate as September 2010. Gwinnett County came in at the second-lowest unemployment rate in the metro area with at 9.2 percent.
Cherokee’s labor force increased slightly in September to 108,432 from 107,647 last month, also an increase from 107,299 in September 2010.
The county employment number also rose slightly from 98,292 to 98,954, an increase from 97,923 in September 2010.
Similarly, the metro Atlanta unemployment rate is unchanged at 10.3 percent from August to September, said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. The preliminary August rate was 10.4 percent, but was revised down one-tenth of a percentage point. The jobless rate in the area in September a year ago was also 10.3 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.3 percent in September, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 10.2 percent in August. The state’s jobless rate was also 10.2 percent in September a year ago.
“The rate increased due to Georgia losing jobs in September and many new job seekers continuously being unable to find work,” Butler said. “The number of jobs in Georgia decreased 15,100, or four-tenths of a percentage point, from August to 3,793,200. Most of the loss was among seasonal workers in leisure and hospitality.”
Ross Teich, managing partner of SimonKris in Canton, an executive search firm, said he was surprised the unemployment rate for the county hasn’t decreased, adding that business at his firm is booming.
“I’ve definitely seen increased activity among job seekers, but it’s mostly people looking to upgrade their careers,” said Teich.
Teich said though he doesn’t consider himself an eternal optimist, everything at SimonKris looks “sunny and bright.”
September marked the 50th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent.
Other unemployment rates in the metro region for August include Fayette at 9.3 percent, Bartow at 9.5 percent, Clayton at 12.8 percent, Cobb at 9.5 percent, DeKalb at 10.5 percent, Douglas at 11 percent, Fulton at 10.8 percent, Henry at 11 percent, Paulding at 10.3 percent and Rockdale at 11.9 percent.