Summary: The five-county region posted very impressive drops in the jobless rate in August vs. the same month in 2017. Every county saw a drop of more than 1 percent,
Rome added jobs and drove down its unemployment rate in August while also seeing its monthly unemployment claims sink, says Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. Some of the key numbers for each county, the unemployment rate, shows the following:
Floyd: 4.2 percent. Down from the previous month and from 5.4 percent 12 months earlier.
Bartow: 3.6 percent. Down from July and down from 4.7 percent in August 2017.
Gordon: 3.6 percent. Down from the previous month; down from 4.7 percent in August of last year.
Polk: 4 percent. Down from July and from 5.2 percent a year ago.
Chattooga: 3.7 percent. Down from July and down from 5 percent in August 2017.
“Our communities across the state continue to thrive,” Butler said. “Local economies continue to add jobs and see other indicators like employment and labor force grow over time. It has become almost routine for some of our local areas set records.”
The key numbers:
The August unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent – tied for tenth among all 14 MSAs in Georgia. That’s down 0.5 percent from the previous month and down from 5.4 percent one year ago.
The labor force decreased in August by 785 to reach 44,479 total members. The number has climbed by 276 over the past 12 months.
Rome lost 541 employed residents in August, dropping its total to more than 42,610. That number grew by about 779 over the past year.
Rome saw jobs increase by 200 in August to reach 41,600. This puts Rome up 500 jobs for the year.
Initial claims for unemployment are down by about 44 percent for the month and are down by about 24 percent when compared to the same period a year ago.