Unemployment rates are steadily declining in metro Atlanta, which includes Henry County.
The rate has dropped from 8.2 percent in October to a flat 8 percent in November, which is an even further drop from November 2011’s 8.9 percent unemployment rate.
In Henry County, the labor force is 107,635, which is higher than October’s 107,224 and even higher still from a year ago in November 2011, when it was 105,653.
The number of those employed from October to November did not increase equally, however. While the labor force increased by 441 people, the number of those employed only increased by 338 — from 98,163 in October to 98,501 in November. The number of those employed in November 2011 was 95,932.
The number of those unemployed decreased from 9,061 in October to 9,134 in November, still a decrease from November 2011 of 9,721.
While the rate has stayed the same from October to November, it is still a decrease from the November 2011 rate of 9.2 percent.
The Georgia Department of Labor numbers include Stockbridge based off its population.
The city’s unemployment rate is higher than metro Atlanta’s at 10.1 percent. However, it’s a decrease from October’s 10.5 percent. It is an even greater decrease from November 2011’s 11.2 percent.
The labor force in November is 13,260, a drop from October’s 13,264. Unemployment has increased slightly from 11,874 in October to 11,915 in November. Unemployment has dropped from October’s 1,390 to November’s 1,345.
The statewide unemployment rate is 8.5 percent, higher than the national unemployment rate of 7.7 percent.