Mark Butler, Georgia’s Labor Commissioner, reports that the unemployment rate in Rome decreased in February. The number of employed residents rose, while initial claims for unemployment insurance declined for the one county metropolitan statistical area (MSA).
Rome’s unemployment rate climbed by one percent in January, but declined by one percent in February to settle at 4.4 percent. That rate was down from 4.6 percent in February 2018.
Butler attests that the decline in unemployment from January to February of 2019 was primarily due to over-the-year job growth, as well as an over-the-month increase in the number of employed residents and a decrease in initial unemployment claims. The only negative aspect of the unemployment report for Rome last month, indicates Butler, was a drop in this area’s number of job seekers.
More individuals are needed to fill the jobs that are currently available in this area, adds Butler.
The over-the-year job increase of 500 in Rome reflects an average monthly increase of about 40 jobs. Jobs rose by 100 in January and did not move in February to keep the total at 41,900.
Claims for unemployment insurance increased by 124 percent in January, but decreased by 72 percent in February. They rose by four percent over the same time a year ago.
Rome’s labor force stood at 44,586, while the number of employed residents totaled 42,641 in February.
Georgia’s unemployment rate stood at 3.9 percent last month, a decline from 4.2 percent in February 2018.
Connect with the Georgia Department of Labor to learn more about services available to job seekers at www.dol.georgia.gov.
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