Northeast Georgia’s unemployment rate drops 3.1% in May

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Northeast Georgia’s unemployment rate decreased by 3.1% in May. That comes after an 8% rise in April and a 1.5% rise the month before.

He noted that due to the effects of COVID-19, all regions and counties continue to see stinted yearly growth. However, monthly gains in all sectors are beginning to spike.

“The fact that almost every single monthly indicator in May’s job market report was positive shows great promise to Georgia’s economy up ahead,” Butler said in a press rlease. “Seeing these monthly numbers begin to increase means that we are definitely heading back in the right direction.”

In Northeast Georgia, the unemployment rate decreased in May to 8.4 percent, a decrease of 3.1 percentage points. A year ago, the rate was 3.1 percent. The Northeast Georgia region includes Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton counties.

The labor force increased in May by 1,505 to 292,594. That is down 10,186 from the total from May 2018.

Northeast Georgia ended May with 267,904 employed residents, an increase of 10,203 in May yet down 25,421 when compared to last year.

Initial claims for unemployment decreased by 36 percent in May. When compared to last May, claims were up by about 5,391 percent.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 3,294 active job postings in Northeast Georgia for May.

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