Employment increases in Northwest Georgia, unemployment down in September
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.