Unemployment drops to 3 percent in September for local area

press release from the Georgia Department of labor

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Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Northeast Georgia ’s unemployment rate fell in September while other critical measures all trended in the right direction. The Northeast Georgia region includes Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton counties.

The 12-county region also increased its number of employed residents and labor force in September. Meanwhile, fewer unemployment claims were filed. All indicators were positive for the year.

“It’s exciting to see so many of our communities across the state doing so well,” Butler said. “We continue to add jobs and see the unemployment rate fall. Even better, people are getting hired – often at record levels.”

The unemployment rate for September, at 3 percent, was down .5 percent over the previous month. A year ago, the rate was 4.2 percent. The September rate tied for second among the 12 regions.

The labor force in Northeast Georgia climbed by 787 in September to reach 308,152. That number is up by 3,534 over the past year, an average monthly increase of about 295.

Northeast Georgia gained 2,199 employed residents in September, pushing the total to 298,882. The number is up 6,956 for the year or about 580 per month.

Claims for unemployment insurance fell by 14 percent in September. They were down by 23 percent when compared to the same month a year ago.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 2,216 active job postings in metro Northeast Georgia for September.

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