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Georgia sets record for employed residents 

May 17, 2018--8:51 a.m.


Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Georgia set all-time highs again in April as the labor force and employed residents in the state continued to surge.

The state continues to approach the 5-million mark for employed residents. At the same time, the state posted more than 4.5 million jobs and a labor force of more than 5.1 million.

“The state really is prospering,” Butler said. “We continue to see our current businesses expanding and companies moving to Georgia to take advantage of our low taxes, great transportation system, and excellent labor force.”

Georgia’s April unemployment rate came in at 4.3 percent, down from 4.4 percent last month.

A year ago it was 4.9 percent

There was good news locally as well.

First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Floyd County declined from 221 in March to 158 in April.
There were 280 filed in April of 2017.

Initial claims in Gordon County were down from 138 to 126 over the month, but slightly more than the 124 reported in April of last year.

Bartow County’s first-time claims dropped from 258 to 187 from March to April.  There were 254 this time last year.

Chattooga County saw a massive drop, from 570 to 34 over the month.

Meanwhile, Polk County actually saw an increase in initial unemployment insurance claims.  116 in April, up from 63 in the month before.