Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler reported that the Northeast Georgia region grew its annual labor force and employed residents in August. However, the unemployment number for the region did go up by 0.1 percent, settling at 3.5%. It was 3.8% a year ago. The Northeast Georgia region includes Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton counties.
Georgia’s unemployment rate held constant in August, remaining at 3.6 percent. The Georgia Department of Labor reports that rates fell or held steady across 10 of Georgia’s 12 planning regions. A year ago, Georgia’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent. The state’s all-time low of 3.4 percent was set in December 2000.
“Georgia had another strong month in August,” Butler said. “The state set several records. Our local communities saw fewer unemployment claims filed as well as a drop in unemployment rates.”
The labor force decreased in August by 942. The August total was 305,135. That number is up by 2,427 from the total of August 2018.
The Northeast region ended August with 294,596 employed residents. The number decreased by 955 in August but went up 3,269 when compared to last August.
The number of unemployment claims increased in August by about 25 %. When compared to last August, claims were up by about 41. Walton County’s initial unemployment claims fell by 4.7%.
Nationally, the unemployment rate did not change in August, remaining at 3.7 percent. The nation also grew its labor force, increased the number of employed residents and added 130,000 more jobs.
Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 3,413 active job postings in Northeast region for August.
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