(Media release from the Georgia Department of Labor):

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler has announced that Rome recorded an unemployment rate of 3.2 percent in February, down one-tenth of a percent over the month. A year ago, the rate was 4.4 percent.

“Thanks to the hard work of many Georgians, February saw gains in jobs, labor force, and the number of employed for much of the state,” said Commissioner Mark Butler. “As we look towards the spring and summer months, we remain committed to working with employers as they continue to fill open positions with suitable job seekers.”

The labor force increased in Rome by 356 and ended the month with 44,491. That number is up 110 when compared to February of 2021.

Rome finished the month with 43,089 employed residents. That number incresed by 403 over the month and is up by 640 when compared to the same time a year ago.

Rome ended February with 41,900 jobs. That number increased by 500 from January to February and increased by 1,100 when compared to this time last year.

The number of unemployment claims went down by 42 percent in Rome in February. When compared to last February, claims were down by about 81 percent.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed about 787 active job postings in Rome for February.

Commissioner Mark Butler has also reported that the Atlanta, Heart of Georgia, Northwest Georgia, River Valley, and Three Rivers Regional Commissions recorded decreases in their unemployment rate in February. While the Central Savannah River, Coastal Georgia, Georgia Mountains, Middle Georgia, Northeast Georgia, Southern Georgia, and Southwest Georgia Regional Commissions reported unchanged unemployment rates from January to February.

The labor force rose in the Atlanta, Coastal Georgia, Georgia Mountains, Northeast Georgia, Northwest Georgia, and Three Rivers Regional Commissions.

Employment was up in the Atlanta, Coastal Georgia, Georgia Mountains, Middle Georgia, Northeast Georgia, Northwest Georgia, and Three Rivers Regional Commissions.

The number of initial claims decreased in all Regional Commissions in the month of February.

Northwest Georgia Regional Commission – Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties.

  • The February preliminary unemployment rate was down one-tenth to 3.0 percent o-t-m, the rate was 3.9 percent one year ago.
  • The labor force was up 2,396 o-t-m and up 8,721 o-t-y, to 433,819.
  • The number of employed was up 2,789 o-t-m and up 12,299 o-t-y, to 420,801.
  • The labor force and number of employed were all-time highs.
  • Initial claims were down 1,598 (-47%) o-t-m and down 7,463 (-81%) o-t-y, to 1,784.
  • Initial claims were down o-t-m in Manufacturing and Trade, and down o-t-y in Manufacturing and Accomodation and Food Services.
  • There were 6,061 jobs posted on Employ Georgia.

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