Mark Butler, Georgia Labor Commissioner, has reported that unemployment dropped to a new record low in September for the Northwest Georgia region. According to preliminary data from the state Department of Labor, the annual and monthly numbers for labor force and employed residents increased in the 15-county area.
Northwest Georgia’s unemployment rate settled at a record low three percent last month, a decline from 3.6 percent in August and in September 2018.
Butler asserts that the region set a record low for unemployment as more job seekers found gainful employment.
While the initial claims for unemployment insurance increased in the area by about three percent over the month, they dropped by about two percent over the year.
Georgia’s unemployment rate stood at 3.5 percent last month, a decline from 3.6 percent in August and from 3.7 percent in September 2018. The state’s all time low of 3.4 percent was set in December 2000.
The national unemployment rate was also 3.5 percent in September, a decline from 3.7 percent in August.
Connect with the Georgia Department of Labor online for more labor market data and information about services for job seekers at www.dol.georgia.gov.