Metro jobless rate falls to 6.8 percent in December | www.ajc.com

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Metro jobless rate falls to 6.8 percent in December | www.ajc.com

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent in December from 7.0 percent in November, primarily because of increased seasonal hiring, the state labor department said Thursday.

Employers in retail, transportation and warehousing hired an additional 11,192 workers in December. That pushed the number of jobs in metro Atlanta to 2,450,900 jobs in December — the most since May 2008 and an increase of 2,500 jobs from November. At the same time, the number of unemployed Atlantans fell by 2,663 from November to December.

During the past year, the number of jobs increased by 58,900 since December 2012, when the jobless rate was 8.4 percent. Most of the gains came in professional and business services — 12,700 jobs; trade, transportation and warehousing — 12,400; leisure and hospitality — 11,000; and education and health services — 10,800.

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