Jobless rates across Northwest Georgia continue to plunge:
- Floyd: 3.6 percent, down from August of this year and September 2017.
- Bartow: 3.1 percent, down from both last month and a year earlier.
- Gordon: 3.1 percent, down from the previous month as well as the same month last year.
- Polk: 3.4 percent, down from August and from September 2017.
- Chattooga: 3.1 percent, down from the previous month and same month in 2017.
From a media release: Unemployment rates across the region and the state continue to drop. All indicators still remain positive for the year with the exception of labor force, says Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “It’s exciting to see so many of our communities across the state doing so well,” Butler said. “We continue to add jobs and see the unemployment rate fall. Even better, people are getting hired – often at record levels.” What the basic statistics show:
The September unemployment rate fell to 3.6 percent. That’s down 0.6 percent from the previous month and down from 4.8 percent one year ago.
The labor force decreased in September by 325 to reach 44,218 total members. The number has dropped by 435 over the past 12 months.
Rome lost 64 employed residents in September, dropping its total to more than 42,614. That number grew by 105 over the past year.
Rome saw jobs decrease by 300 in September to reach 41,400. This puts Rome up 300 jobs for the year.
Initial claims for unemployment are down by about 30 percent for the month and are down by about 39 percent when compared to the same period a year ago.