- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate has dropped to 5 percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday announced the new rate, which is for August. It’s down from 5.1 percent in July, and 5.6 percent a year ago.

The agency said in a statement that the jobless rate fell as Georgia employers added more jobs and laid off fewer workers.

Elsewhere in Georgia, the Gainesville area had the state’s lowest area jobless rate at 4.4 percent.

The area jobless rates are not seasonally adjusted.

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