Gwinnett, metro Atlanta unemployment see slight rise

ATLANTA — Gwinnett County’s unemployment rate saw a slight uptick in October, mirroring small increases in both metro Atlanta and across the state.

Preliminary data released this week by the Georgia Department of Labor said Gwinnett’s unemployment rate last month was 6.9 percent, with a total of 30,326 local residents searching for work. That marked an increase from the 6.6 percent charted in September, when about 1,300 fewer people were jobless.

The county’s unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in October 2012.

Local statistics reflected those in the metro Atlanta area and throughout Georgia. Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in October as compared to 7.4 percent the month prior.

Because of the federal government shutdown, no states were permitted to publish unemployment data in September; however, the rate for Atlanta fell from 7.9 percent in August to 7.4 percent for September.

According to the Department of Labor, “the rate rose in October primarily for two reasons — an increase in new layoffs and an increase in the number of unemployed residents.”

While unemployment rates went up, metro Atlanta employers were hiring last month. About 15,300 more jobs were available in October than in September, mostly in the trade and transportation, education and health care, government and manufacturing sectors.

Jobs were up 2.7 percent compared to data from October 2012.