In context: With 2019 at the midpoint, preliminary employment reports show Northwest Georgia is moving in the right direction. If anything, employers are scrambling to find works as a check of the Northwest Georgia Career Depot shows. At midweek, more than 20 jobs were available with Rome/Floyd County government, another 10 at Georgia Highlands plus several companies were staging job fairs later this month while individual employers — from banks and the courthouse to restaurants — had digital “help wanted” signs posted as well. You’ll find three job site links below.
Through five months, the region is seeing more people working. From a media release:Northwest Georgia added to its workforce and number of employed residents in May. Preliminary results show the 12-county area also had fewer unemployment claims filed in May than April.
“In May, we saw much needed growth in our labor force in many local areas,” says Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “We also saw more Georgians become employed. Overall, we head into the summer with a good jobs report.”
By the numbers:
- The unemployment rate rose in May. The rate increased 0.2 percentage points in May, settling at 3.3 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.5 percent.
- Nationally, the rate stayed constant at 3.6 percent. Georgia’s rate maintained at 3.8 percent.
- The labor force increased in May by 2,392. The total came to 419,064. That number is up by 153 from the total from May 2018.
- The region ended May with 405,124 employed residents. The number increased by 1,561 in May and 1,072 as compared to last May.
- The number of unemployment claims went down in May by 40 percent. When compared to last May, claims were up by about 2 percent.
- The region includes Bartow, Chattooga, Catoosa, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield.
Bartow County snapshot: Bartow County added in May to its labor force and number of employed residents. At the same time, initial claims for unemployment were down for the year, preliminary numbers show. What to know:
- The labor force in Bartow County rose by 439 in May, bringing the total to 50,132. The number has risen by 82 when compared to the same month a year ago.
- Bartow County added 271 employed residents in May, bringing the total to 48,493. The number is up 181 for the year.
- Claims for unemployment insurance were up by 1 percent in May. They were down by about 42 percent when compared to the same month a year ago.
Polk County snapshot: Polk County’s labor force increased in May. Polk also posted monthly gains in employed residents, along with a decrease in initial claims. Preliminary numbers also show.
- The unemployment rate rose in May. The rate went up by 0.5 percentage points in May, settling at 3.7 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.8 percent.
- The labor force increased in May by 175. The total was 18,358. That number is down by 175 from the total of May 2018.
- Polk ended May with 17,673 employed residents. The number increased by 68 in May but went down by 164 as compared to last May.
- The number of unemployment claims decreased in May by about 2 percent. When compared to last May, claims were up by about 56 percent.
Gordon County snapshot: The county posted monthly losses in employed residents and a rise in initial claims, preliminary numbers show. The numbers:
- The labor force increased in May by 62. The May total was 27,371. That number is down by 533 from the total of May 2018.
- Gordon ended May with 26,503 employed residents. The number decreased by 27 in May and was down by 482 as compared to last May.
- The number of unemployment claims increased in May by about 73 percent. When compared to last May, claims were down by about 17 percent.