June’s first-time jobless claims in Northwest Georgia drop from May; plummet 85% from pandemic a year earlier. Work force drops by 200 jobs vs. May.

June’s first-time jobless claims in Northwest Georgia drop from May; plummet 85% from pandemic a year earlier. Work force drops by 200 jobs vs. May.

The first look at June’s employment picture shows a continuing drop in first-time unemployment claims across the region. June’s numbers from the state Department of Labor likewise contrast the record highs recorded during the pandemic months of 2020.

But also note the Rome/Floyd labor force chart below. The total dropped 200 positions between May and June — from 40,600 to 40,400. Compared to the June 2020 report, again from the pandemic issues, the county reported a 1,400-worker increase.

What to watch for: How things change in the July report — due mid August — as the state has dropped a lot of the extra unemployment benefits and returned to a more traditional format where applicants must show proof of active job searches.

 



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