First-time jobless claims up 16.7% in region in March — but less than half of what was reported a year earlier as pandemic began.

First-time jobless claims up 16.7% in region in March — but less than half of what was reported a year earlier as pandemic began.

The first year-over-year comparison first-time unemployment claims report from the pandemic are in from the Georgia Department of Labor and show a mixed message. Likewise, the monthly labor force analysis shows Rome/Floyd County had 900 fewer jobs in March vs. a year ago — but more than in February.

First, the jobless claims:

  • As the pandemic hit in March 2020, first-time claims skyrocketed across Northwest Georgia. The report that month showed 10,660 people had filed for assistance.
  • A year later, in March 2021, the regional total had dropped to 4,587 claims, a 57% decrease.
  • But in comparing February of this year to last month, there’s a 16.7% increase in claims, or  total of 4,587.
  • The only county now showing a March bump was Polk (502 claims in March vs. 439 claims in February.
  • And in Chattooga County, the month-to-month increase was small, five people, while this past March actually saw double the claims filed as the pandemic started.

The labor force report shows a different take. There were 900 fewer jobs in Rome/Floyd County last month than during the start of the pandemic a year earlier — 40,700 to 41,600. On the plus side, there were 300 more jobs in March vs. February 2021.


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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