Georgia’s Labor Commissioner Mark Butler reports that the state began 2019 by setting records. In the two-month cycle of January and February, Georgia posted gains in jobs, labor force and employed residents; records were posted in all three areas during the cycle.
Butler attests that Georgia has had a strong start to 2019 as it has experienced growth in jobs and labor force. He hopes for a boost in employment numbers in the months ahead; the state inched toward the five million mark throughout the year 2018.
Georgia’s unemployment rate stood at 3.9 percent last month, a decline from 4.2 percent in February 2018. The rate rose by .1 percent in both January and February of this year. The national unemployment rate for February clocked in at 3.8 percent.
Butler attributes the rise in the state’s unemployment rate over the last couple of months to an increase in its labor force.
The state ended the month of February with 4.6 million jobs for an increase of about 97,100 from the same time last year.
Jobs were up in Metro Rome by 500, or 1.2 percent, over the year to 41,900 in February 2019.
Residents statewide filed just under 70,000 claims for unemployment during January and February. The numbers for January were up from December by 72 percent and dropped in February by 52 percent. Claims rose over the year by just under 100.
In Metro Rome, initial UI claims rose by 14, or 4.2 percent, over the year to 346 in February 2019.
Georgia’s labor force rose in both January and February. The current total of 5.12 million is an all-time high. The state ended the month of February with a total of 4.92 million employed residents.
Connect with the Georgia Department of Labor online to learn about career opportunities and other resources for job seekers at www.dol.georgia.gov.
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