Northwest Georgia’s number of employed increased in June, hitting an all-time high, state labor department reports show.
The regional labor force ended June at 426,744, up 11,253 over the last year. That number is up 4,006 over the last month, more than four times the monthly average increase over the year. As a result of this spike in the labor force, the unemployment rate in Northwest Georgia increased by .7 percent to 4.1 percent. It was 4.9 percent a year ago.
The number of employed residents in the region grew to 409,104, an all-time high. This is up 902 from the previous month and up 14,079 for the year. The Northwest Georgia region includes Bartow, Chattooga, Catoosa, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield. Says Labor Commissioner Mark Butler: “The Georgia job market is very strong. An increase in the unemployment rate is common this time of year due to an increase in high school and college graduates entering the workforce.”
Also: The Bartow County labor force jumped in June to a record high as summer job seekers joined the market: 51,055, up 1,284 over the last year to an all-time high. That number is up 422 over the last month. Because of the increase, the unemployment rate in Bartow County increased by .6 percent to 4 percent, down from 4.8 percent a year ago.