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.