Jobless rates in Northwest Georgia dropped in March compared to February — and were just above the first reports from the pandemic a year earlier.

Jobless rates in Northwest Georgia dropped in March compared to February — and were just above the first reports from the pandemic a year earlier.


Unemployment numbers for March are out and pretty much resemble the same month last year as Northwest Georgia was just beginning to see shutdowns caused by the pandemic.

Across the region, 5,563 people were out of work last month, the state Department of Labor shows. That’s barely above the 5,517 identified as jobless in March 2020 (under 1%) — and down more than 11% from the 6,276 people listed as unemployed in February of this year.

The April reports, especially for last year, will show a far greater gap.

In March, the news was good when comparing almost every key indicator.

“We had another strong month in March,” said Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler. “We saw the unemployment rate drop in every single MSA, along with an increase in jobs across the state and most importantly, a decrease in over-the-year initial claims for every MSA.”

March jobless rates for Northwest Georgia and surrounding counties ranged from 3.2% in Gordon County to 4.7% in Chattooga County. Source: Georgia Department of Lablor.

 

Rome/Floyd County:

  • The unemployment rate decreased by 0.5 percentage points in March, reaching 3.7 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.7 percent.
  • The labor force increased in Rome by 74 and ended the month with 44,364. That number is up 326 when compared to March of 2020.
  • Rome finished the month with 42,732 employed residents.  That number increased by 283 over the month and is up by 316 when compared to the same time a year ago.
  • Rome ended March with 40,700 jobs. That number increased by 300 from February to March and decreased by 900 when compared to this time last year.
  • The number of unemployment claims went up by 27 percent in Rome. When compared to last March, claims were down by about 67 percent.
  • Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed about 756 active job postings in metro Rome for March.

Cartersville/Bartow County:

  • The unemployment rate decreased by 0.5 percentage points, bringing the rate to 3.7 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.5 percent.
  • The labor force increased in March by 105. The March total was 50,631. That number is down by 676 from the total from March 2020.
  • Bartow County ended March with 48,754 employed residents.  The number increased by 336 in March and was down 750 as compared to last year.
  • Initial claims for unemployment increased by 22 percent in March. When compared to last March, claims were down by about 57 percent.
  • The GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 868 active job postings in Bartow County for March.

Across Northwest Georgia:

  • The unemployment rate decreased by 0.4 percentage points, bringing the rate to 3.3 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.5 percent.
  • The labor force increased in March by 1,661. The March total was 424,179. That number is down by 1,839 from the total from March 2020.
  • Northwest Georgia ended March with 410,048 employed residents.  The number increased by 3,220 in March and was down 1,271 as compared to last year.
  • Initial claims for unemployment increased by 15 percent in March. When compared to last March, claims were down by about 55 percent.
  • The GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 6,311 active job postings in Northwest Georgia for March.

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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