(From the Georgia Department of Labor):

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Rome saw a decrease in the unemployment rate over the month that was an all-time low for the area.

“Although we are seeing fewer unemployed individuals now than before the pandemic started, we are also still seeing a decreased total number of people in the workforce when compared to numbers recorded prior to the pandemic,” said Commissioner Mark Butler. “This will continue to cause a hiring crunch until we can attract more people back to the workforce to fill the record number of job openings.”

In Rome, the unemployment rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point to 2.9 percent from July 2021. A year ago, the rate was 5.9 percent.

The labor force decreased in Rome by 362 and ended the month at 43,299. That number is up 1,629 when compared to August of 2020.

Rome finished the month with 42,050 employed residents.  That number decreased by 322 over the month and is up by 2,844 when compared to the same time a year ago.

Rome ended August with 40,600 jobs. That number was flat over the month but increased by 1,000 when compared to this time last year.

The number of unemployment claims went down by 40 percent in Rome in August. When compared to last August, claims were down by about 85 percent.

Commissioner Butler also announced Thursday that Northwest Georgia’s unemployment rate did not change from July to August and ties the all-time low set last month.

In Northwest Georgia, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 2.7 percent in August. A year ago, the rate was 5.5 percent.

The labor force decreased in August by 1,878 to 421,256. That number is up 20,886 over-the-year.

Northwest Georgia ended August with 410,025 employed residents.  The number decreased by 1,761 in August but was up 31,498 as compared to last year.

Initial claims for unemployment decreased 27 percent in August. When compared to last August, claims were down about 84 percent.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 4,746 active job postings in Northwest Georgia for August.

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