The number of people identified as unemployed rose 11.7% across Northwest Georgia in June vs. the month before, even as local employers were begging for more workers with many offering incentives. Just over 6,000 people were without jobs, the most coming from Bartow and Floyd counties — each of which saw totals rise by about 200 people.
Compared to June 2020, which the pandemic shutdown was easing, the number of unemployed dropped from 11,524 to 6,049 or 47.6%.
All eyes will be on the July 2021 stats due in a month to see what impact the end of pandemic benefits will have on those listed as unemployed.
June’s unemployment rate ranged from 3.5% in Gordon County to 5.9% in Chattooga County (please see map below)
From Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler: “We are continuing to see an increase in the number of jobs available and very few actual reported layoffs through the WARN system, both good signs of an improving economy. We must continue to work together to connect those seeking work with the many jobs available that offer stable salaries and competitive benefits.”
- The unemployment rate was up five-tenths to 4.2 percent from May to June. A year ago, the rate was 8 percent.
- The labor force decreased in Rome by 369 and ended the month with 43,647. That number is up 1,119 when compared to June of 2020.
- Rome finished the month with 41,826 employed residents. That number decreased by 555 over the month and is up by 2,680 when compared to the same time a year ago.
- Rome ended June with 40,400 jobs. That number decreased by 200 from last month and was up 1,400 when compared to this time last year.
- The number of unemployment claims went down by 4 percent in Rome. When compared to last June, claims were down by about 84 percent.
- The unemployment rate increased in June to 3.9 percent, an increase of three-tenths percentage points. A year ago, the rate was 7.9 percent.
- The labor force increased in June by 379 to 50,929. That number is up 2,296 over-the-year.
- Bartow County ended June with 48,938 employed residents. The number increased by 184 in June and was up 4,156 as compared to last year.
- Initial claims for unemployment decreased by 25 percent in June. When compared to last June, claims were down about 86 percent.
- Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 785 active job postings in Bartow County for June.
- The unemployment rate increased in June to 3.7 percent, an increase of four-tenths percentage points. A year ago, the rate was 7.2 percent.
- The labor force increased in June by 1,348 to 422,713. That number is up 16,694 over-the-year.
- Northwest Georgia ended June with 406,916 employed residents. The number decreased by 415 in June but was up 30,316 as compared to last year.
- Initial claims for unemployment decreased by 22 percent in June. When compared to last June, claims were down about 87 percent.
- Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 6,520 active job postings in Northwest Georgia for June.