Jobless rate by county from May:
- Floyd: 3.6 percent, up from April but lower than the same month last year.
- Bartow: 3.3 percent, up from April, down from May 2018.
- Gordon: 3.2 percent, also up from the previous month but below May 2018.
- Polk: 3.7 percent, up from April but slightly lower than the previous May.
- Chattooga: 3.5 percent which was slightly higher than the previous month and May 2018.
Media release: Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Rome added to its labor force again in May.
According to preliminary data, Rome also managed to lower initial claims and keep most annual numbers positive across the one-county metropolitan statistical area (MSA).
“May was a good month for Georgia,” Butler said. “Many of our local communities added more individuals to their workforce – which is what we needed to see happen. And, several added jobs and even and set records. That’s a great combination.”
- The unemployment rate increased by 0.4 percentage points in May, reaching 3.6 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.8 percent.
- Rome ended May with 42,200 jobs. That’s a decrease of 200 jobs over the month and an increase of 700 jobs when compared to the same time a year ago.
- The labor force increased in May by 164. The total was 44,282. That number is up by 173 from the total from May 2018.
- Rome ended May with 42,678 employed residents. That number decreased by nine over the month but increased by 236 when compared to the same time a year ago.
- The number of unemployment claims decreased by about 29 percent in May. When compared to last May, claims were up by about 22 percent.