(Media release from the Georgia Department of Labor):

Georgia Labor Commissioner Bruce Thompson has announced that Rome recorded an unemployment rate of 3.4 percent in July, down three-tenths of a percent over the month. A year ago, the rate was 3.2 percent.

“Georgia’s labor market continues to stand strong as a beacon of hope and prosperity,” said Commissioner Bruce Thompson. “With low unemployment and plentiful job opportunities, local communities are thriving and showcasing remarkable resilience in the face of economic uncertainty.”

The labor force increased in Rome by 305 and ended the month with 45,895. That number went up by 1,982 when compared to July of 2022.

Rome finished the month with 44,350 employed residents. That number increased by 458 over-the-month and rose by 1,844 when compared to the same time a year ago.

Rome ended July with 44,900 jobs, an all-time high. That number increased by 200 from June to July and rose by 2,300 when compared to this time last year.

In July, initial unemployment claims increased by 56 (15%) in Rome. When you compare July 2023 claims to July 2022, claims were up by 14 (4%).

Commissioner Thompson has also reported that all of Georgia’s Regional Commissions reported a decline in July unemployment rates.

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 down two-tenths to 3.2 percent o-t-m, the rate was 3.0 percent one year ago.
  • The labor force was up 2,358 o-t-m and up 8,576 o-t-y, to 437,538, an all-time high.
  • The number of employed was up 3,048 o-t-m and up 7,583 o-t-y, to 423,626, an all-time high.
  • Initial claims were up 877 (46%) o-t-m and down 251 (-8%) o-t-y, to 2,804.

For personalized assistance, employers can reach Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) staff at For more information on unemployment benefits, claimants should call 877.709.8185 or visit their MyUI Claimant Portal. GDOL’s Career Centers also provide in-person unemployment insurance benefit services for customers statewide. 

WorkSource Georgia is now live, a new portal that replaces Employ Georgia as the official online tool for enrolling in employment services. Managed by our partners at the Technical College System of Georgia, this secure, web-based system connects job seekers with job openings. For further assistance, please call the TCSG’s Call Center at 404.982.7985 or email [email protected].

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