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Cherokee Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.7 Percent

Cherokee County's rate is second lowest in the metro Atlanta region.

Credit: Patch file
Credit: Patch file
The Cherokee County unemployment rate for the month of February fell slightly to 5.7 percent, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. 

That's down slightly from the revised figure of 5.9 percent in January 2014, and also down from the 7 percent unemployment rate in February 2013.

Cherokee County's rate remains lower than the metro Atlanta unemployment rate of 6.9 percent in February. The metro rate dipped from 7.1 percent in January primarily due to the area seeing 23 percent fewer new layoffs and a drop in initial unemployment claims.

The metro rate for February 2013 was 8.4. percent. 

While the number of new claims fell, the metro region lost about 1,900 seasonal jobs — mostly in leisure, hospitality and retail — in February. The total number of jobs fell from 2.41 million in January to 2.4 million last month.

Job rates for surrounding counties and in the metro region include: Bartow at 7.3 percent; Cobb at 6.3 percent; Clayton at 8.8 percent; DeKalb at 7.2 percent; Douglas at 7.3 percent; Fayette at 6.3 percent; Forsyth at 5.3 percent; Fulton at 7.7 percent; Gwinnett at 6.1 percent; Paulding at 6.4 percent; Pickens at 7.2 percent and Rockdale at 7.8 percent. 

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