Unemployment in Douglas County was 8.4 percent in August, a drop from 8.8 percent in July. It was 9.3 percent in August 2012.
The rate is currently at its lowest since hitting 7.8 percent in April, said labor department analyst Corey Smith.
Initial claims for jobless benefits also decreased in Douglas County, from 611 initial filings in July to 466 filings in August, Smith noted.
“Initial claims were down over the month in industries including manufacturing, administrative and support services, and health care and social assistance,” he said in a statement.
The unemployment rate decreased over the month as both the number of employed and unemployed Douglas County residents went down, Smith said.
Employed county residents declined by 500, from 63,403 in July to 62,903 in August, while unemployed residents decreased by 345, from 6,120 to 5,775.
A separate report on unemployment rates in Georgia cities showed Douglasville at 9.7 percent in August, which was unchanged from July.
August jobless rates in neighboring counties included Cobb at 7.2 percent; Paulding at 7.3 percent; Fulton at 8.8 percent and Carroll at 9.3 percent.
Metro Atlanta, consisting of 28 counties including Douglas, had a jobless rate of 8.0 percent in August, down from 8.6 percent in July. The rate was 8.9 percent in August a year ago.
The rate dropped because there was a significant reduction in layoffs and an increase in the number of jobs, the labor department stated in a press release.
There were 17,563 new layoffs, represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance, which are 6,137, or 25.9 percent, fewer than in July. There were 2.4 million jobs in metro Atlanta in August, up by 2,800 from July. Education and health services added 4,500 jobs, led primarily by gains in social assistance, while government added 4,400, as non-contract education workers returned to the public schools after the summer vacation. However, the gains were offset somewhat by the loss of 3,000 private sector jobs, mostly in professional and business services.
Metro Dalton, including Murray and Whitfield counties, had the highest metro jobless rate at 10.3 percent.
Georgia’s unemployment rate was 8.3 percent in August, down from 9.1 percent in July. The nationwide rate was 7.3 percent in August, down from 7.7 percent in July.