Mark Butler, Georgia’s Labor Commissioner, reports that 2018 was another banner year for the state with increases in jobs, work force and the number of employed residents. Meanwhile, the state’s unemployment rate decreased by nearly a full point over the year. Communities across the state set records on a routine basis last year.
The state’s unemployment rate stood at 3.6 percent last month, a decline from 4.5 percent in December 2017. The rate continues to approach Georgia’s all-time low of 3.4 percent.
Georgia ended 2018 by setting records for total number of jobs at 4.6 million; this marked a record high. Some 114,000 jobs were added statewide over the past 12 months, including 16,700 in December.
The number of jobs rose by 300, or .7 percent, to 41,800 in Metro Rome over the year.
The state posted an annual gain in employed residents at just under 100,000 for a final total of 4.9 million in 2018. Georgia’s labor force ended the year at 5.1 million.
Where jobs and employment are concerned, Butler attests that Georgia had a very good year; growth in its labor force was ‘decent’.
Butler anticipates continued job growth across the state for 2019, as well as stepped-up efforts to attract more people into the workforce.
The labor department hopes the state’s unemployment rate will stay about the same in 2019; Butler says that this indicates that the state is attracting a labor force at the same rate that it creates jobs.
First-time unemployment claims in Georgia were down by eight percent over the month and four percent over the year. A total of 310,484 claims were filed statewide in 2018.
Initial UI claims rose by 193, or 54.2 percent, in Metro Rome over the year to 549 in December 2018.
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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