Rome’s unemployment rate declined in August, according to Georgia’s Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. Rome also had a monthly increase in jobs, along with a monthly decrease in initial unemployment claims.

The unemployment rate for Rome was 4.7 percent in August, down from 7.1 percent in July. The rate was 3.8 percent a year ago.

Rome ended the month of August with 41,900 jobs, up by 400 from July and by 100 in August of 2019.

Rome’s unemployment claims were down by 51 percent over the month, but up by about 753 percent over the year.

Commissioner Butler enthuses, “It is very promising that we continue to see the unemployment rate drop month after month, while the job market gets stronger, evoking positive news for Georgia’s economy. The state as a whole is leading the nation in competitive unemployment rates, coming in at the 7th lowest.”

Northwest Georgia’s unemployment rate stood at 4.5 percent last month for a decline from 6.5 percent in July. A year ago, the rate was 3.6 percent.

The first-time unemployment claims in Northwest Georgia were down by 53 percent over the month, but rose over the year by about 697 percent.