Northeast Georgia’s Labor Force Increases in November 2020

press release from Georgia Department of Labor

Unemployment rate is 4.5%

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler reported that Northeast Georgia’s labor force increased in November.

Additionally, Northeast Georgia saw a monthly increase in employed residents, and a monthly decrease for initial claims in November.

“In November, almost all regions and counties saw over-the-month growth in every key indicator,” Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement. “Although the unemployment rate increased across the state, we have held consistently steady numbers in areas such as job growth and employment. We will continue to fill the jobs that are currently available, in order for us to move our economy back to where it was pre-pandemic.”

In Northeast Georgia, the unemployment rate increased by 0.8 percentage points, bringing the rate to 4.5 percent. A year ago, the rate was 2.5 percent.

The labor force increased in November by 4,621. The November total was 308,970. That number is up by 1,203 from the total from November 2019.

Northeast Georgia ended November with 295,117 employed residents.  The number increased by 2,059 in November but was down 4,843 as compared to last year.

Initial claims for unemployment decreased by 50 percent in November. When compared to last November, claims were up by about 373 percent.

The GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 4,483 active job postings in Northeast Georgia for November.

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