Unemployment drops heading into the New Year across all of Georgia’s regional commissions

press release from georgia department of labor

Georgia Labor Commissioner Bruce Thompson said Thursday that all of Georgia’s Regional Commissions saw a decrease in unemployment in November. 

 “As we prepare to ring in a new year, Georgia’s future is bright, said Commissioner Bruce Thompson. “With holiday shopping and retail kicking back up, Georgia’s unemployment rates are dropping faster than holiday deals. Coupled with a soaring job market and a workforce ready to take on limitless opportunities, Georgia is well on the road to success.”

Please see a synopsis of each regional commission below:

Northeast Georgia Regional Commission includes the counties of Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton Counties.

  • The unemployment rate was down five-tenths to 2.8 percent over-the-month, the rate was 2.6 percent one year ago. 
  • The labor force was up 1,191 over-the-month and up 9,931 over-the-year, to 333,077, an all-time high. 
  • The number of employed was up 2,813 over-the-month and up 8,950 over-the-year, to 323,674, an all-time high.
  • Initial claims were up 42 (4%) over-the-month and up 176 (20%) over-the-year, to 1,064.

Atlanta Regional Commission includes the counties of Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale Counties.

  • The unemployment rate was down four-tenths to 3.1 percent over-the-month, the rate was 2.7 percent one year ago. 
  • The labor force was up 2,575 over-the-month and up 70,806 over-the-year, to 2,700,517. 
  • The number of employed was up 12,351 over-the-month and up 58,057 over-the-year, to 2,617,205, an all-time high.
  • Initial claims were down 1,893 (-18%) over-the-month and down 1,308 (-13%) over-the-year, to 8,516. 

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