Breakdown of Unemployment Figure in Southwest Atlanta
(Patch) — The U.S. Department of Labor’s latest unemployment data is not specific to sections of towns or communities such as South Fulton but anecdotal data suggests the unemployment rate is significantly higher in the area. Walking through the numbers with the help of economist Steven Rondone of the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics in Atlanta, I recently learned that Fulton County’s unemployment rate was 11.5% in December 2010. Census data show Fulton is about 44 percent African American and the most populous county in Georgia. In contrast, according to Rondone, the state’s unemployment rate is 10.2% while the national rate is 9.4%. (http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/dsrv). The unemployment rate, as you may know, is the number of unemployed divided by the total labor force. Former Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said unemployment in the African-American community is definitely higher.