ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate declined to 8.3 percent in February, down from 8.7 percent in January.
The rate was 9.3 percent in February a year ago.
The Georgia Department of Labor said the rate declined because the number of jobs increased and there were fewer new layoffs.
The number of jobs in metro Atlanta increased by 6,400. Most of the growth came in professional and business services, education and health care.
Metro Athens had the lowest jobless rate in Georgia at 6.1 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.2 percent.