Metro Atlanta’s slog back toward economic health continued last month with the jobless rate slipping to 7.6 percent - its lowest point in more than four years, the state Labor Department reported Thursday.
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Mitch Hires brought his Decatur building supply company through the housing bust, though it wasn’t easy.
Construction Resources had about 450 workers in three states when the Great Recession hit. “By the end of 2009, we were down to about 200.”
Now Hires’ company, which sells everything from window screens to countertops, is an emblem of the region’s slow recovery and dropping jobless rate. Revenue is back to pre-recession levels and headcount is up to 375.
“I feel Atlanta is at the beginning of a good period,” Hires said. “I am positive about 2014 and 2015…”