Unemployment rate and claims fall in March 2019

The Northeast region’s unemployment rate and number of unemployment claims fell in March according to Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. The Northeast Georgia region includes Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton counties. Preliminary results also showed the 13-county area posted monthly losses in labor force while the number of employed residents increased in March.  

“It looks like we are moving into the Spring with gusto,” Butler said in a press release. “The national economy is booming. Georgia is also producing strong numbers consistently across the state.”  

The unemployment rate fell in March, dropping 0.2 % in March and settling at 3.5%. A year ago, the rate was 3.8% for the Northeast Georgia region. The rate was 3.8 % nationally in February. 

According to the press release, the Northeast region labor force fell in March by 554. The February total was 305,653. That number is down by 56 from the total from March 2018 giving an average monthly loss of about five. It ended March 2019 with 294,881 employed residents and increase of 115 in March and 744 when compared March 2019, an average monthly gain of about 60. 

The number of unemployment claims fell in March by 17% and compared to March 2019, claims were down by 8%. In March, claims were down in manufacturing and construction.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com, showed 2,893 current job postings in the Northeast region for March.

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