ATLANTA -- Unemployment rates fell in almost all large U.S. cities, including Atlanta, in April.
The metro area's jobless rate dropped to 7.6 percent, down from 7.9 percent in March.
In Cobb County, the unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in April.
The drop was due in part to an increase in the number of jobs in metro Atlanta. Most of the new positions were in professional and business services; trade and transportation; leisure and hospitality; education and health services; and construction.
Metro Athens had the state's lowest jobless rate at 5.6 percent. The highest was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region, at 10.3 percent.