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Unemployment Rate Falls in Alpharetta

The city's rate dropped from 6.7 in June to 6.1 in July.

Unemployment Rate Falls in Alpharetta
The unemployment rate in Alpharetta took a slight tumble to 6.1 percent in July.

That's down slightly from 6.7 percent in June, and from 6.9 percent in July 2012. It has the lowest unemployment rate of cities tracked by the Georgia Department of Labor. 

The cities of Roswell and Dunwoody follow with 6.4 percent, Johns Creek at 7.2 percent, Marietta at 8.7 percent and Kennesaw at 9.5 percent. 

Alpharetta's drop follows the overall dip in the metro Atlanta unemployment rate. The region's rate fell to 8.6 percent in July, from 8.8 in June. It remains considerably lower than July 2012 rate of 9.3 percent.

Throughout the region, the private sector added jobs, bring an additional 9,400 jobs to the area in July. However, the government lost 10,800 jobs last month, bringing the overall net of lost jobs to 1,400 in July. 

The increases in the private sector came from: construction at 3,200; trade and transportation at 2,700; education and health services at 1,400; leisure and hospitality at 1,200; information services at 700; manufacturing at 600; and financial services at 300. 

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