(Media release from the Georgia Department of Labor):

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Rome recorded an all-time low unemployment rate of 2.4 percent in April, down eight-tenths of a percent over the month. A year ago, the rate was 3.8 percent.

“As employers continue to fill their vacancies with qualified job seekers, we are encouraged to see many Georgians eager to return to the workforce,” said Commissioner Mark Butler. “This dedication on the part of both employer and job seeker is what has enabled us to fill the demand for goods and services in record numbers across the state.” 

The labor force decreased in Rome by 291 and ended the month with 43,791. That number is down 301 when compared to April of 2021.

Rome finished the month with 42,743 employed residents. That number increased by 74 over the month and is up by 318 when compared to the same time a year ago.

Rome ended April with 41,800 jobs. That number increased by 200 from March to April and increased by 900 when compared to this time last year.

The number of unemployment claims went up by 25 percent in Rome in April. When compared to last April, claims were down by about 85 percent.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed about 686 active job postings in Rome for April.

Commissioner Butler also stated that all Regional Commissions recorded low unemployment rates in April.

All Regional Commissions saw a drop in the labor force.

Employment was up in the Central Savannah River Regional Commission, Southern Georgia Regional Commission, and Southwest Georgia Regional Commission.

The number of initial claims were down in all Regional Commissions.

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

  • The April preliminary unemployment rate was down eight-tenths to 2.2 percent o-t-m, an all-time low, the rate was 3.4 percent one year ago.
  • The labor force was down 4,285 o-t-m and up 5,186 o-t-y, to 429,356.
  • The number of employed was down 598 o-t-m and up 10,075 o-t-y, to 419,877.
  • Initial claims were down 424 (-24%) o-t-m and down 7,966 (-86%) o-t-y, to 1,363.
  • Initial claims were down o-t-m in Manufacturing and Construction, and down o-t-y in Manufacturing and Accommodation and Food Services.
  • There were 5,848 jobs posted on Employ Georgia.

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