Mark Butler, Georgia’s Labor Commissioner, has reported that the Northwest Georgia region’s unemployment rate declined in August.  Preliminary data by the state Department of Labor revealed that the 15-county area also saw first-time claims for unemployment fall during the month.  The labor force and the number of employed residents exhibited annual growth.

Northwest Georgia’s unemployment rate stood at 3.6 percent in August 2019, a decline from 3.8 percent in July and from 3.9 percent in August 2018.

Butler asserts that the decline in unemployment was largely due to a decrease in the labor force and the number of employed residents over the month.

Northwest Georgia’s number of unemployment claims were down by around 38 percent over the month and by about 18 percent over the year.

Georgia’s unemployment rate remained unchanged from July to August at 3.6 percent, a decline from 3.8 percent in August 2018.  The national rate stood at 3.7 percent.

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