(Media release from the Georgia Department of Labor):

Georgia Labor Commissioner Bruce Thompson said Thursday that Rome recorded an unemployment rate of 2.7 percent in December, down one-tenth of a percent over the month. A year ago, the rate was 2.7 percent.

“Georgia’s highly-skilled workforce and business-friendly environment continues to drive positive economic growth across all corners of the state,” said Commissioner Bruce Thompson. “With the unemployment rate trending lower than the national average, we are well-positioned to help businesses remain competitive and find top-tier talent.”

The labor force increased in Rome by 335 and ended the month with 44,253. That number is up 252 when compared to December of 2021.

Rome finished the month with 43,047 employed residents. That number increased by 354 over the month and increased 245 when compared to the same time a year ago.

Rome ended December with 43,500 jobs. That number increased by 300 from November to December and went up by 1,500 when compared to this time last year.

The number of unemployment claims went up by 54 percent in Rome in December. When compared to last December, claims were up by about 247 percent.

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

  • The unemployment rate was up one-tenth to 2.8 percent o-t-m, the rate was 2.6 percent one year ago.
  • The labor force was up 1,443 o-t-m and up 1,231 o-t-y, to 430,458.
  • The number of employed was up 1,153 o-t-m and up 367 o-t-y, to 418,485.
  • Initial claims were up 2,483 (52%) o-t-m and up 5,808 (394%) o-t-y, to 7,282.

For personalized assistance, employers can reach Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) staff at Additionally, by visiting Employ Georgia, employers can manage job openings and access the state’s talent pool. GDOL’s Career Centers are providing in-person employment services for customers across the state.

For more information on jobs and current labor force data, visit Georgia Labor Market Explorer to view a comprehensive report.