Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the Northeast Georgia region grew its labor force and added employed residents in July and the 12-county area also saw its unemployment rate fall in July, albeit just by 0.3 %, according to preliminary numbers. The Northeast Georgia region includes Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton counties.
“Georgia continues to perform well in terms of jobs, claims and other data I’m seeing,” Butler said in a press release. “Georgia’s strong economy was also evident in July in our local communities where we again set several records.”
Nationally, the unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent while Georgia’s rate dropped the 0.1 percentage points to settle at 3.6%. A year ago, Georgia’s unemployment rate was 3.8 %. Rates fell or held steady across nine of Georgia’s 12 planning regions.
In the NE Georgia Region, the unemployment rate decreased in July by 0.3 percentage points, settling at 3.4 percent. A year ago, the rate was 4 percent. The labor force grew in July by 323. The July total was 306,132. That number is down by 159 from the total of July 2018. The Northeast region ended July with 295,636 employed residents. The number increased by 1,003 in July and went up 1,453 when compared to last July.
The number of unemployment claims increased in July by about 21 percent. When compared to last July, claims were down by about 17 percent.
Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 2,329 active job postings in Northeast region for July.
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