Georgia’s Labor Commissioner Mark Butler reported that the unemployment rate in Metro Rome rose by just under one percentage point to 4.4 percent in November, up from 3.6 percent in October. A year ago, that rate stood at 3.2 percent.

The number of jobs was up for the one-county MSA (metropolitan statistical area) by 200 over the month but down by 100 over the year to total 42,600 in November.

Unemployment claims in Rome decreased by 49 percent over the month, but rose over the year by about 381 percent.

Northwest Georgia’s unemployment rate came in at 4.2 percent in November, up from 3.4 percent in October. The rate was 2.8 percent a year ago.

Unemployment claims regionwide dropped by 40 percent over the month, but rose by about 220 percent over the year.

Georgia’s unemployment rate was 5.7 percent last month, an incline from 4.5 percent in October and from 3.1 percent in November 2019.