Labor Department: Bartow sets two employment records as region records strong December, calendar year.

Labor Department: Bartow sets two employment records as region records strong December, calendar year.

Media release: Northwest Georgia added to its labor force in December. At the same time, the annual numbers for employed residents and work force increased in December for the 15-county area, preliminary numbers show.

“Georgia finished the year strong by continuing to add jobs in all major sectors,” said Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “Moving forward, we need to attract more people to the workforce, so we can fill these great jobs.”

By the numbers:

  • In the region, the unemployment rate increased by 0.8 percentage points in December, reaching 3.6 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.9 percent.
  • The labor force in Northwest Georgia increased by 3,958 in December, bringing the total to 424,771. The number has risen by 4,257 when compared to the same month a year ago.
  • Northwest Georgia added 404 employed residents in December, bringing the total to 409,580. The number is up 5,290 for the year.
  • Claims for unemployment insurance were up by about 203 percent in December. They were up by about 102 percent when compared to the same month a year ago.
  • Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 3,477 active job postings in Northwest Georgia for December.
  • The Northwest Georgia region includes Bartow, Chattooga, Catoosa, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield.

Butler also said Bartow County set two records in December. Preliminary numbers show, the county set a record-high for employment and labor force.

“Georgia finished the year strong by continuing to add jobs in all major sectors,” Butler said. “Moving forward, we need to attract more people to the workforce, so we can fill these great jobs.”

The report shows:

  • In the county, the unemployment rate increased 0.6 percentage points in December to 3.2 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.7 percent.
  • The labor force in Bartow County increased by 559 in December, bringing the total to 51,129, an all-time high. The number has risen by 661 when compared to the same month a year ago.
  • Bartow County added 266 employed residents in December, bringing the total to 49,512, a new record. The number is up 903 for the year.
  • Claims for unemployment insurance increased in December by about 208 percent, and up by about 103 percent when compared to the same month a year ago.
  • Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 471 active job postings in metro Bartow County for December.

EMPLOYMENT LINKS

  • Job postings on the Rome Floyd Chamber. Click Rome jobs
  • Job postings on the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce siteCartersville jobs
  • Northwest Georgia Career Depot. Career Depot
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