Em­ploy­ment in­creases in North­west Geor­gia, un­em­ploy­ment down in Septem­ber

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY -

State La­bor Com­mis­sioner Mark But­ler said the un­em­ploy­ment rate in the North­west Geor­gia re­gion fell in Septem­ber as the num­ber of em­ployed res­i­dents in­creased and un­em­ploy­ment in­sur­ance claims de­clined.

The Septem­ber un­em­ploy­ment rate, at 4.2 per­cent, was down from 4.7 per­cent in Au­gust. The Septem­ber rate com­pares fa­vor­ably to last Septem­ber when the rate was 5.5 per­cent.

“The com­bi­na­tion of a fall­ing un­em­ploy­ment rate and an in­crease in the num­ber of em­ployed res­i­dents shows a re­gion on the rise,” But­ler said. “See­ing the num­ber of jobs in­crease is al­ways a good in­di­ca­tor. How­ever, see­ing the num­ber of em­ployed Ge­or­gians in­crease is the ul­ti­mate pos­i­tive re­sult.”

But­ler said that in Septem­ber the num­ber of em­ployed res­i­dents in­creased by 5,486 to 402,924. There were 15,463 more em­ployed res­i­dents in the area than in Septem­ber 2016.

Un­em­ploy­ment claims were down by 8.4 per­cent to 1,934. Claims were down in man­u­fac­tur­ing and con­struc­tion. When com­pared to last Septem­ber, claims were down by 30 per­cent from 2,764.

“The re­gion con­tin­ues to head in the right di­rec­tion,” But­ler said.

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