Mark Butler, Georgia’s Labor Commissioner, has announced that the annual numbers in Rome are all heading in the right direction to start the year 2020. According to preliminary data from the state Department of Labor, this one-county metropolitan statistical area (MSA) exhibited annual increases in jobs, labor force, and employment. In addition, there were fewer first-time claims for unemployment.
Rome’s unemployment rate stood at 3.9 percent in January 2020, up from 3.7 percent in December 2019 but down from 5.1 percent in January 2019.
Butler asserts that the rate was impacted by seasonal factors, as well as some temporary layoffs in manufacturing.
Rome ended January 2020 with 42,100 jobs, down by 500 from December of 2019 but up by 500 in January 2019.
Unemployment claims were up by about 10 percent from December 2019 to January 2020, but down over the year by about one percent.
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.