500 more jobs here in August vs. the same month last year. First-time jobless claims down from July. Georgia’s jobless rate drops below national average. Plus: Who’s hiring.

500 more jobs here in August vs. the same month last year. First-time jobless claims down from July. Georgia’s jobless rate drops below national average. Plus: Who’s hiring.

The workforce in Rome/Floyd County rose to 41,600 in August, up 200 jobs from July and a 500-job increase from the same month in 2017. That number is expected to increase as retailers begin to add seasonal help for the Christmas holidays. Statewide, the jobless rate dropped to 3.8 percent; a look at county-by-county unemployment reports is due a week from today.

First-time jobless claims in August:

Floyd: 246 claims, down from both July and August 2017.

Bartow: 236, down from July but up from a year earlier.

Chattooga: 36, a decrease from a month earlier but higher than August 2017.

Gordon: 150, down from both July and August 2017.

Polk: 92, down from both July and August 2017

Source: Georgia Department of Labor

Media release: Georgia’s unemployment rate for August dipped below the national number for the first time in 11 years. The rate, at 3.8 percent, is approaching the state’s record low of 3.4 percent, set in 2000. At 3.8 percent, it is down .1 percent from July. By comparison, the national rate is 3.9 percent.

Last August’s statewide rate was 4.5 percent. At the same time, Georgia set records for jobs and employed residents. Unemployment claims also fell in August.

“This is a true milestone for us,” Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, said Thursday. “As a state that’s seen its workforce expand very quickly, it should be hard for us to drive the unemployment rate down so low. However, we have been employing new workers as fast as we have been adding them. These numbers show how dynamic our economy has been and continues to be.”

Georgia also continues to approach another milestone:  the 5-million mark for employed residents.

In August, Georgia hit a record high of 4.96 million employed residents. That number was up by more than 6,400 over the month and by nearly 115,000 over the year.

Likewise, Georgia’s labor force fell slightly, decreasing by less than 400 in August to about 5.16 million. It has grown by about 82,000 over the last 12 months.

Jobs were also up by 12,000 in August to over 4.5 million, an all-time high. Over the past 12 months, Georgia added nearly 90,000 jobs.

Butler said all of these numbers continue trends going back to the first of the year.

“Georgia’s labor force and job market are not just strong, they continue to set records,” said Butler.

Most of the monthly job gains came in the education and health services, government and construction.

Over the past year, Georgia has added more than 10,000 jobs in trade, transportation and utilities, education and health services, construction, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality.

Construction in particular is continuing to have a very strong year, seeing growth of 10 percent over the year.

“When you see that big of a jump in construction jobs over the year, that points to a strong economy,” said Butler.

There were 21,182 unemployment claims filed in August, the fewest filed in over 20 years. Claims were down about 28 percent and remain down by 11 percent over the last year.

 There were 75,686 jobs posted on employgeorgia.com during August. Of those jobs, 36 percent were for STEM occupations.







  • Job postings on the Rome Floyd Chamber. Click Rome jobs
  • Job postings on the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce siteCartersville jobs
  • Northwest Georgia Career Depot. Career Depot
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