Jobs: Region’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.1% in April even with 3,288 fewer people working. Also: Bartow snapshot.

Jobs: Region’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.1% in April even with 3,288 fewer people working. Also: Bartow snapshot.

Media release:  Northwest Georgia region saw its unemployment rate fall in April. Preliminary results showed that the 12-county area posted monthly losses in labor force and employed residents.

Mark Butler

“We saw every region lower its rate and, in most of these cases, break its previous record,” says state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “If we can continue to grow our labor force, the future looks strong.”

The region, by the numbers:

  • The unemployment rate fell in April. The rate dropped 0.6 percentage points in April, settling at 3.1 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.6 percent.
  • The labor force fell in April by 3,288. The total came to 416,830.  That number is down by 2,548 from the total from April 2018.
  • The Northwest region ended April with 403,727 employed residents.  The number decreased by 969 in April and 420 as compared to last April.
  • The number of unemployment claims went up in April by 3 percent. When compared to last April, claims were up by about 108 percent.

The Northwest Georgia region includes Bartow, Chattooga, Catoosa, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield.

In Bartow County:

  • Bartow County set a record in April for lowest unemployment rate ever. At the same time, monthly labor force and employed residents were down slightly, preliminary numbers show.
  • The unemployment rate for April went down by 0.5 percentage points, settling at 3 percent – a record low. A year ago, the rate was 3.6 percent.
  • The labor force in Bartow County fell by 595 in April, bringing the total to 49,623. The number has dropped by 273 when compared to the same month a year ago.
  • Bartow County lost 300 employed residents in April, bringing the total to 48,153. The number is up 31 for the year.
  • Claims for unemployment insurance were down by 19 percent in April. They were down by about 4 percent when compared to the same month a year ago.
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