(Media release from the Georgia Department of Labor):

Georgia Labor Commissioner Bruce Thompson said on Thursday that Rome recorded an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent in June, up two-tenths of a percentage point. A year ago, the rate was 3.7 percent.

“The bedrock of a thriving economy lies in maintaining low unemployment, but equally essential is striking the right balance between job growth and a capable workforce that can meet the evolving needs of Georgia’s industries,” said Commissioner Bruce Thompson. “This well-balanced approach ensures businesses of all sizes have the talent they need to grow and succeed.”

The labor force increased in Rome by 226 and ended the month with 45,561. That number rose by 2,229 when compared to June of 2022.

Rome finished the month with 43,866 employed residents. That number increased by 100 over-the-month and increased by 2,155 when compared to the same time a year ago.

Rome ended June with 44,700 jobs, an all-time high. From May to June, jobs rose by 200. When compared to this time last year jobs rose by 2,900.

In June, initial unemployment claims decreased by 2 (-1%) percent in Rome. When you compare June 2023 claims to June 2022, claims were up by 6 (2%).

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 3.4 percent over-the-month, the rate was 3.3 percent one year ago.
  • The labor force was up 1,214 over-the-month and up 5,679 over-the-year, to 434,862.
  • The number of employed was up 863 over-the-month and up 5,317 over-the-year, to 420,274.
  • Initial claims were down 337 (-15%) over-the-month and down 1,046 (-35%) over-the-year, to 1,927. 

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.