Unemployment rate inches up in Floyd and Bartow counties in December even as the number of people working grew.

Unemployment rate inches up in Floyd and Bartow counties in December even as the number of people working grew.

Media release: Rome recorded an unemployment rate of 2.3 percent, up three-tenths of a percent over the month. A year ago, the rate was 5.2 percent. Despite this, Rome saw highs in labor force, number of employed, and jobs in the month of December.

Bartow County recorded an unemployment rate of 2.2 percent, up three-tenths of a percent over the month.

Gordon County had the lowest rate in the region, 2.0 percent. Polk was at 2.3 percent while Chattooga was the highest at 2.9 percent.

“Job numbers are up across Georgia, and our focus in 2022 is encouraging people to enter the workforce to help businesses provide the goods and services necessary for Georgia’s economy to continue to grow,” said Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

FLOYD COUNTY

  • The labor force increased in Rome by 237 and ended the month with 43,889. That number is down 99 when compared to December of 2020.
  • Rome finished the month with 42,897 employed residents.  That number increased by 119 over the month and is up by 1,196 when compared to the same time a year ago.
  • Rome ended December with 41,700 jobs. That number increased by 200 from November to December and increased by 1,000 when compared to this time last year.
  • The number of unemployment claims went up by 37 percent in Rome in December. When compared to last December, claims were down by about 91 percent.
  • Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed about 914 active job postings in Rome for December.

BARTOW COUNTY

  • The labor force increased in December by 244 to 51,554. That number is up 1,288 over-the-year.
  • Bartow County ended December with an all-time high of 50,439 employed residents. The number increased by 125 in December and was up 2,740 as compared to last year.
  • Initial claims for unemployment went up by 34 percent in December. When compared to last December, claims were down about 93 percent.
  • Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 635 active job postings in Bartow County for December.

THE REGION

Includes Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties.

  • The December preliminary unemployment rate was up two-tenths to 2.1 percent; the rate was 4.7 percent one year ago.
  • The labor force was up 965 from the previous month.
  • The number of employed was down 138.
  • Initial claims were up 327 (29%).
  • There were 5,788 jobs posted on Employ Georgia.


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