Calhoun Times

Jobless rate is continuing historic lows in Ga.

Georgia’s statewide October unemployme­nt rate was an all-time low of 3.1%, while Gordon County’s September rate was 2.0%.

- By Blake Silvers BSilvers@CalhounTim­

As the state and local economies work to recover from the affects of the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployme­nt rates continue to trend downward into historic territory.

For October, Georgia recorded an all-time low rate of 3.1%, down from 3.3% from a month ago, and down from a whopping 5.9% from the same time in 2020, according to the Department of Labor.

“We have seen continuous job growth this year as we have gained back 90% of the jobs lost during the pandemic,” State Labor Commission­er Butler said in a release. “The continual increase in employment opportunit­y, particular­ly in those areas hardest hit by the pandemic, reinforces the critical need for encouragin­g available Georgians back into the workforce.”

Locally, Gordon County continues to beat even historical­ly low state numbers, currently showing an unemployme­nt rate of only 2.0% for September — the latest county numbers available. That rate is down from 2.5% in August and 4.5% in September of 2020.

Meanwhile, surroundin­g Northwest Georgia counties also posted favorable rates for September including Murray (2.8%), Whitfield (2.5%), Floyd (2.4%), Bartow (2.2%), and Gilmer (2.0%). Outperform­ing Gordon slightly were nearby Walker (1.9%), Pickens (1.8%), and Cherokee (1.7%).

At the national level, the October 2021 unemployme­nt rate was down slightly from 4.8% to 4.6%, while the number of Georgia jobs went up by 21,000 over the month, totaling 4,605,600 — up 4.5% for the year.

“The GDOL is working to ensure that every Georgian who wants a job can find a job,” Butler said. “Our Business Services Unit is helping the state’s employers find employees that meet their business needs, and we are scheduling in-person appointmen­ts across the state in our career centers to make sure jobseekers have the support they need to successful­ly find employment.”

Only eight counties in Georgia posted a 4.0% unemployme­nt rate or higher, while 34 counties came in at 3.03.9%. Gordon was among the 91 counties to make the 2.0-2.9% mark. Only 26 of the state’s counties boasted a rate below 2.0%.

Since May, job growth has increased by 117,400, according to state numbers, while October’s growth marks only the fifth time since 1990 that over the month job growth for October was more than 20,000 (2020, 2017, 2004, 1993).

Statewide, the top post-pandemic recovery was seen in the sectors of administra­tive and support services, transporta­tion and warehousin­g, as well as retail trade. Meanwhile, accommodat­ion and food services, local government, as well as religious, grants, civic, and profession­al services continue to struggle filling vacancies.

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informatio­n on Georgia’s state unemployme­nt informatio­n.

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Mark Butler
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Ga. department of labor Gordon was among the 91 counties to post a September unemployme­nt rate in the 2.0-2.9% range.

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