(Media release from the Georgia Department of Labor):

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Rome’s March unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.2 percent. A year ago, the rate was 4 percent.

“Across Georgia, we continue to see increases in the labor force, the number of employed, and the number of jobs,” said Commissioner Mark Butler. “With Georgia having the lowest unemployment rate of the top ten most populated states, we are pleased to see Georgians enter the workforce filling the many open positions available in all of our regions and counties.”

The labor force decreased in Rome by 328 and ended the month with 44,055. That number is down 217 when compared to March of 2021.

Rome finished the month with 42,642 employed residents. That number decreased by 342 over the month and is up by 141 when compared to the same time a year ago.

Rome ended March with 41,600 jobs. That number decreased by 200 from February to March and increased by 600 when compared to this time last year.

The number of unemployment claims went down by 23 percent in Rome in March. When compared to last March, claims were down by about 88 percent.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed about 760 active job postings in Rome for March.

Commissioner Butler also said Thursday that all Regional Commissions with exceptions to the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission and the River Valley Regional Commission recorded unchanged unemployment rates in March.

All Regional Commissions saw a rise in the labor force with exception to the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission.

Employment was up throughout all the Regional Commissions with exception to the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission and the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission.

The number of initial claims decreased in all Regional Commissions except the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission.

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

  • The March preliminary unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.0 percent o-t-m, the rate was 3.6 percent one year ago.
  • The labor force was down 11 o-t-m and up 8,328 o-t-y, to 433,918.
  • The number of employed was down 171 o-t-m and up 10,615 o-t-y, to 420,752.
  • Initial claims were up 3 (1%) o-t-m and down 8,866 (-83%) o-t-y, to 1,787.
  • Initial claims were up o-t-m in Manufacturing and Management of Companies and Enterprises, and down o-t-y in Manufacturing and Accommodation and Food Services.
  • There were 6,509 jobs posted on Employ Georgia.

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