Northeast Georgia’s Unemployment Rate Drops in June

press release from the georgia department of labor

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said last week that Northeast Georgia’s unemployment rate decreased in June despite the effects of COVID-19. While all regions and counties in the state continued to see stunted year growth, monthly gains in most major sectors are beginning to spike.

“June continued to show positive growth across all regions and counties,” Butler said in a press release. “We saw almost all major indicators head in the right direction but continue to work to support Georgia businesses and get Georgians back to work.”  

In Northeast Georgia, the unemployment rate in June went down 1.6 % to 6.6 %. A year ago, the rate was 3.6 %. The labor force increased in June by 471 to a total of 292,133, which is down by 10,689 when compared to June 2019. Northeast Georgia ended June with 272,871 employed residents.  The number increased by 5,049 in June and was down 18,986 as compared to last year.

Walton County, which is in the NE Georgia Region, reported 4,234 initial unemployment insurance claims in June 2020, down 3,151 claims (42.7 %) from the 7,385 reported last month but up 4,120 (3,614 $) from the 114 reported in June 2019.

Gwinnett County, which is in the Atlanta Regional Commission, reported 54,660 initial unemployment claims in June 2020, down 25,389 (31.7%) from the 80,049 last month but up 53,497 (4,599.9 %) from the 1,163 reported in June last years.

Initial claims for unemployment decreased by 38 percent in June. When compared to last June, claims were up by about 3,483 percent.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 4,540 active job postings in Northeast Georgia for June.

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