Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in News & Weather

Georgia’s unemployment rate dipped below four percent in July for the first time in over 15 years, attests Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.  At the same time, the state set records for jobs, labor force and number of employed as the economy continued to boom, according to a report by the state Department of Labor.

The July unemployment rate stood at 3.9 percent, a decline from 4.1 percent in June and from 4.6 percent last July.  The last time that the rate came in at 3.9 percent was July 2001.

Butler enthuses that 2018 is shaping up to be a record-breaking year for the job market in Georgia.

This past month marked the first time that the state matched the national rate in more than a decade.  This does not mean nearly as much to Butler as does Georgia’s continued growth in workforce, employment and jobs.

Georgia added 5,300 jobs in July to push the total number to 4.54 million – a record.  Over the year, the state added 83,200 new jobs.

Jobs rose by 700, or 1.7 percent, to 41,400 in July for Metro Rome.

Unemployment claims rose statewide by 35 percent in July.  Claims rose over the year by four percent.

Metro Rome’s unemployment claims declined by 281, or 38 percent, to 740 in July 2018.

Visit the Georgia Department of Labor’s website at for information about career opportunities and other services for job seekers.

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