Gor­don County la­bor force im­proves in July

Calhoun Times - - LAW & ORDER -

Ge­or­gia La­bor Com­mis­sioner Mark But­ler said Thurs­day that Gor­don County grew its la­bor force and num­ber of em­ployed res­i­dents again in July.

At the same time, the county area saw its un­em­ploy­ment rate rise slightly and more claims for un­em­ploy­ment insurance filed. Still, all ma­jor in­di­ca­tors re­main pos­i­tive for the year.

“Ge­or­gia con­tin­ues to be in a pe­riod of sus­tained growth,” But­ler said. “There are no in­di­ca­tors in July that Ge­or­gia is go­ing to slow down any­time soon. Th­ese sea­sonal dips are nor­mal for this time of year and are tem­po­rary in na­ture.”

The July un­em­ploy­ment rate inched up 0.1 per­cent to 4.2 per­cent in July. It was 5 per­cent one year ago.

The la­bor force in­creased by 150 in July to reach 27,399 to­tal mem­bers. Over the past year Gor­don grew its la­bor force by 501, adding more than 40 per month.

Gor­don County added 103 em­ployed res­i­dents in July, push­ing its to­tal to 26,236. The re­gion, over the past year, has av­er­aged adding more than 55 em­ployed res­i­dents a month.

Ini­tial claims for un­em­ploy­ment grew by about 122 per­cent for the month. They are also up by about 36 per­cent when com­pared to last July.

Em­ploy Ge­or­gia, the GDOL’s online job list­ing ser­vice at em­ploy­ge­or­gia. com showed 189 ac­tive job post­ings in Gor­don County for July.

Visit dol. ge­or­gia. gov to learn more about ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties, Em­ploy Ge­or­gia and other GDOL ser­vices for job seek­ers and em­ploy­ers and to con­nect with us on so­cial me­dia.

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