New em­ploy­ment record in April

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Ge­or­gia La­bor Com­mis­sioner Mark But­ler said ear­lier this month that Ge­or­gia set all-time highs again in April as the la­bor force and em­ployed res­i­dents in the state con­tin­ued to surge.

The state con­tin­ues to ap­proach the 5-mil­lion mark for em­ployed res­i­dents. At the same time, the state posted more than 4.5 mil­lion jobs and a la­bor force of more than 5.1 mil­lion.

Both la­bor force and em­ployed res­i­dents were records again in April. The job­less rate, mean­while, dropped by .1 per­cent.

In April, Ge­or­gia counted 4.92 mil­lion em­ployed res­i­dents. That num­ber was up by 12,611 over the month and by more than 123,000 since last April.

Like­wise, Ge­or­gia’s la­bor force con­tin­ued to climb, in­creas­ing by 9,112 in April to 5.1 mil­lion. It grew by 98,554 over the last 12 months.

But­ler said both num­bers con­tinue trends go­ing back many months.

“Ge­or­gia con­tin­ues to pro­duce qual­ity jobs,” But­ler said. “And bet­ter yet, peo­ple are get­ting those jobs.”

Ge­or­gia’s April un­em­ploy­ment rate came in at 4.3 per­cent, down from 4.4 per­cent last month. A year ago it was 4.9 per­cent.

Jobs were down in April by 2,800 to 4.5 mil­lion. How­ever, over the past 12 months, Ge­or­gia added 67,100 jobs.

Most of the job loss was in pro­fes­sional and busi­ness ser­vices which was down by 9,500. Leisure and hos­pi­tal­ity noted the largest job growth at 2,800.

Over the past year, Ge­or­gia has added more than 10,000 jobs each in the fol­low­ing sec­tors: ed­u­ca­tion and health ser­vices, trade, trans­porta­tion and util­i­ties, leisure and hos­pi­tal­ity, and con­struc­tion.

The num­ber of claims filed in April was up less than 1 per­cent. As com­pared to April 2017, they were down by less than 1 per­cent.

There were 58,756 jobs posted on em­ploy­ge­or­ dur­ing April.

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