Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate drops to 8.6 percent in July | www.ajc.com

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Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate drops to 8.6 percent in July | www.ajc.com

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent in July from 8.8 percent in June as private employers added to their payrolls, the labor department said Thursday.

A total of 15,945 more workers were hired in July, with several key sectors providing the bulk of the gains. Employers in construction added 3,200 jobs in July; trade and transportation — 2,700; education and health services — 1,400; leisure and hospitality — 1,200; information services — 700; manufacturing — 600; and financial services — 300.

Meanwhile, the government shed 10,800 jobs in July.

During the past year, metro Atlanta gained 72,000 jobs as the unemployment rate fell from 9.3 percent in July 2012.

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