Cherokee’s unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in March a year ago. The seasonally unadjusted rates were provided Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.
The agency reported metro Atlanta and Georgia also saw decreases, with rates at 7.9 percent and 8.4 percent respectively. The metro Atlanta rate was down from 8.3 percent in February and down from 8.9 percent in March 2012.
The county has 115,212 eligible workers
and reports 7,662 unemployed, a decrease from 7,903 unemployed in February and 8,503 March of last year.
Neighboring Forsyth County had the lowest unemployment rate in the area for March at 6.1 percent.
State labor department officials said the rate declined because of an increase in the number of jobs and fewer new layoffs.
The number of jobs in the metro area also increased by 13,000 over the last month, with most of the growth coming from the leisure and hospitality industry (5,900 jobs), administrative and support services (4,600 jobs) and professional and business services (4,200 jobs.) Yet government jobs decreased by about 1,400.
Since March 2012, metro Atlanta added 55,200 jobs from 2,326,000, a 2.4 percent increase, with most of the growth in professional and business services, administrative and support services, leisure and hospitality, and trade, transportation and warehousing.
Initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits reflecting new layoffs fell by 1,944 over the last month, with decreases mostly in construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation, and warehousing, administrative and support services, and accommodations and food services. The number of claims was down over the year by 3,398 from 20,620 in March a year ago.
The state agency said most of the decline during the past year came in the same industries as the monthly decline.
Other surrounding counties’ unemployment rates are as follows: Bartow at 8.2 percent, Cobb at 7.1 percent, DeKalb at 8.2 percent, Douglas at 8.4 percent, Fulton at 8.5 percent and Paulding at 7.6 percent.