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Cobb's Jobless Rate Drops

That decrease mirrors declines countywide and across metro Atlanta.

The August jobs report is out, and preliminary figures from the Georgia Department of Labor show a dip in Cobb County's jobless rate.

Cobb's rate dropped from a revised 8.5 percent in July in July to 8.1 percent in August. And thanks to fewer layoffs in manufacturing, construction, administrative and support services, educational services, and health care and social assistance, the 28-county metro Atlanta area's jobless rate fell from a revised 9.2 percent in July to 8.9 percent in August, the Georgia Department of Labor said in a news release.

Of the 10 counties within the Atlanta Regional Commission, Cobb ranks fourth, behind Cherokee (7.1 percent), Fayette (7.8 percent) and Gwinnett (7.9 percent).

Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 9.2 percent didn't change from July to August, and is higher than the nation's rate of 8.1 percent.

At this point last year, the jobs report was more bleak. Cobb's unemployment rate was 9.2 percent, metro Atlanta's was 9.9 percent, Georgia's was 9.9 percent and the nation's was 9.1 percent.

For further analysis, open the PDFs under the photos attached to this article.

Area Jobless Rate Cherokee County 7.1 percent Fayette County 7.8 percent Gwinnett County 7.9 percent Cobb County 8.1 percent 28-county metro Atlanta area 8.9 percent City of Smyrna 8.9 percent Henry County 9.0 percent City of Kennesaw 9.1 percent City of Marietta 9.1 percent State of Georgia 9.2 percent Douglas County 9.2 percent DeKalb County 9.4 percent Fulton County 9.9 percent Rockdale County 10.1 percent Clayton County 11.2 percent

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