Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in News & Weather

Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says that Georgia again set records in April as the labor force and employed residents statewide continued to surge.

Georgia’s unemployment rate stood at 4.3 percent last month, a decrease from 4.4 percent in March and from 4.9 percent in April 2017.

Jobs were down statewide in April by 2,800 to 4.5 million.  Over the year, the state added 67,100 jobs.

In Metro Rome, jobs were up by 400, or one percent, over the year to 41,500 in April.

The number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits, which measure new layoffs, were up by less than one percent statewide from March to April.  Claims were down over the year by less than a percent.

Initial UI claims declined in Metro Rome by 119, or 42 percent, over the year to 164 in April.

According to a release from the state Department of Labor, Georgia continues to approach the five-million mark for employed residents.  The state’s labor force topped out at 5.1 million last month.


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