ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate declined to 8.3 percent in Februray.
That's down from 8.7 percent in January and well under the jobless rate of 9.3 percent from February a year ago.
Clayton County's unemployment rate was 10.3 percent in February.
The new numbers were released early Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.
Officials say 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, climbing to 2.37 million from 2.36 million in January.
Most of the growth was in professional and business services, and education and health care. Some seasonal jobs were lost in trade, transportation and warehousing.
The metro Atlanta unemployment data is not seasonally adjusted.