(Media release from the Georgia Department of Labor):
Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Rome recorded an unemployment rate of 2.8 percent in May, up four-tenths of a percent over the month. A year ago, the rate was 3.7 percent.
“Even though the labor force increased in all of our regions, counties, and metropolitan service areas, job postings continue to outpace those gains placing strain on employers to find talent for open positions,” said Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “Many areas across our state are experiencing difficulty in filling many of the seasonal, temporary jobs normally filled with summer workers, due to the opportunities in full-time employment.”
The labor force decreased in Rome by 73 and ended the month with 43,712. That number is down 112 when compared to May of 2021.
Rome finished the month with 42,499 employed residents. That number decreased by 237 over the month and is up by 309 when compared to the same time a year ago.
Rome ended May with 41,800 jobs. Jobs were flat over the month and up 900 when compared to this time last year.
The number of unemployment claims went down by 12 percent in Rome in May. When compared to last May, claims were down by about 80 percent.
Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed about 742 active job postings in Rome for May.
Mark Butler additionally said that all Regional Commissions recorded a rise in unemployment rates in May.
Northwest Georgia Regional Commission – Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties.
- The May preliminary unemployment rate was up four-tenths to 2.6 percent o-t-m, the rate was 3.3 percent one year ago.
- The labor force was up 901 o-t-m and up 6,949 o-t-y, to 430,046.
- The number of employed was down 890 o-t-m and up 9,832 o-t-y, to 418,761.
- Initial claims were up 339 (25%) o-t-m and down 5,054 (-75%) o-t-y, to 1,702.
- Initial claims were up o-t-m in Manufacturing and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, and down o-t-y in Trade and Accommodation and Food Services.
- There were 6,042 jobs posted on Employ Georgia.
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TABLES AND GRAPHS REFLECTING LABOR MARKET DATA ARE AVAILABLE AT https://dol.georgia.gov/current-labor-force-data-and-graphs