first_img For Whom The Bell Rings ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party The unemployment rate in Metro Atlanta for August was 8%, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.  That’s up 1/10 of a percent from July … and it’s also the same hike from August of 2013.  But state officials still see reason for optimism.State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says it’s hard to explain.Butler says the Department of Labor uses what he calls a complex method of calculating the unemployment rate.“For some reason, the Household Survey — which does their own sampling of about 1,400 households across the state — it showed different numbers than what the Payroll Survey did.  And the Payroll Survey is a survey of the businesses and the people they have on their payroll.”And Butler believes the Payroll Survey is a better indicator of who’s working and who’s not.Broadcast Version0:55  Among the fields that saw growth last month were in state and local government, private education, health services and manufacturing.Butler says there was an addition of more than 51,000 jobs in Metro Atlanta between August 2013 and last month.“The metro Atlanta area will continue to grow jobs.  I mean, we’re not seeing any indication of that slowing down anytime soon.”As for the rest of the state, Metro Athens had the lowest jobless rate last month at 6.4%. Metro Dalton had the highest at 10.7%. Related Stories Share Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility 0:55 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List last_img