Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in News & Weather

Mark Butler, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor, reports that the state again set records for employed residents, labor force and jobs for the month of June, marking the continuation of a trend in recent months.

Georgia’s unemployment rate stood at 4.1 percent last month, a decline from 4.2 percent in May and from 4.7 percent in June 2017.  The jobless rate hit a level not seen since 2001, while the national rate increased .2 percent.

The state is approaching the five-million mark for employed residents.  At the same time, Georgia posted more than 4.5 million jobs as well as a labor force of almost 5.2 million.

Butler indicates that Georgia’s job market has much to offer natives as well as jobseekers who relocate to the Empire State of the South in search of gainful employment.

Infrastructure, workforce and education are some of the contributing factors in Georgia’s continued growth, attests Butler.

The number of first-time unemployment claims filed in June declined about two percent over the month and by nearly 15 percent over the year.

In Metro Rome, jobs were up by 600, or 1.5 percent, over the year to 41,600 in June 2018.  The area’s first time UI claims increased in the past 12 months by 30, or 11 percent, to 303 last month.

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

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