(From the Georgia Department of Labor):

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Rome recorded an unemployment rate of 3.4 percent in June, up six-tenths of a percent over the month. A year ago, the rate was 4.3 percent.

“While the seasonally adjusted state unemployment rate went down in June, it is important to note that local area rates are not seasonally adjusted to take account for fluctuations due to seasonal events that include weather, harvests, major holidays, and school schedules,” said Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “The increase in local rates is typical for summer and Georgia is still leading the Southern Region and third in the nation in percentage increases in employment.”

Georgia had a seasonally adjusted percent change in employment of 5.4 percent from June 2021 to June 2022. Georgia ranked 3rd (out of 8) in the South Region and 18th nationally for lowest unemployment rate, with a preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 2.9 percent for June 2022 and had the second lowest unemployment rate among the top ten most populated states (Florida, 2.8%).

The labor force increased in Rome by 121 and ended the month with 43,895. That number is up 239 when compared to June of 2021.

Rome finished the month with 42,392 employed residents. That number decreased by 171 over the month and is up by 595 when compared to the same time a year ago.

Rome ended June with 42,100 jobs. That number went up 200 from May to June and rose 1,400 when compared to this time last year.

The number of unemployment claims went up by 120 percent in Rome in June. When compared to last June, claims were down by about 54 percent.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed about 874 active job postings in Rome for June.

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Butler also said Thursday that all Regional Commissions recorded a rise in unemployment rates in June.

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

  • The June preliminary unemployment rate was up five-tenths to 3.1 percent o-t-m, the rate was 3.8 percent one year ago.
  • The labor force was up 1,444 o-t-m and up 7,161 o-t-y, to 431,375.
  • The number of employed was down 448 o-t-m and up 10,183 o-t-y, to 418,178.
  • Initial claims were up 1,271 (75%) o-t-m and down 2,306 (-44%) o-t-y, to 2,973.
  • Initial claims were up o-t-m in Manufacturing and Construction, and down o-t-y in Administrative and Support Services and Accommodation and Food Services.
  • There were 5,263 jobs posted on Employ Georgia.