NE Georgia sees increase in labor force, decrease in initial unemployment claims in July 2020

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Northeast Georgia’s labor force increased in July, saw a monthly increase in employment and decrease in initial claims. The Northeast Georgia region includes Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton counties.

“As the state continues to reopen, we are going to see wild fluctuations up and down of the unemployment rate across the state,” Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a press release.  “The numbers that we really need to focus on are the most important ones, such as increases in workforce and employment which we are continuing to see in almost all regions and counties.”

In Northeast Georgia, the unemployment rate increased in July to 6.7 %, an increase of 0.1 percentage point for the month. A year ago, the rate was 3.6 percent.

The labor force increased in July by 4,320. The July total was 296,752, down by 7,430 from the total from July 2019. Northeast Georgia ended July with 277,009 employed residents, an increase of 3,906 for the month but was down 16,273 as compared to last year.

Initial claims for unemployment decreased by 21 percent in July. When compared to last July, claims were up by about 2,230 percent.

In Walton County, July initial claims were 3,611, down 623 (-14%) from last month, but still up 3,483 (2721.1 %) from last year. In July last year it was 128.

In Gwinnett County, which is part of the Atlanta Regional Commission, July initial claims were 40,101, down 14,559 (26.6%) of the previous month but up 38,771 (2,915 %) over the same month last year. In July 2019, claims were 1,330.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 5,306 active job postings in Northeast Georgia for July.

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