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Rome posts great March job numbers

April 26, 2018--7:15 a.m.


Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Rome posted an excellent March as most critical job measures trended in the right direction again.

Rome ranked 7th among Georgia’s 14 metropolitan statistical areas with a 4.2 percent unemployment rate, down .6 percent from last month. The rate was 5.3 percent a year ago.

Butler noted jobs, and employed residents increased - again. At the same time, unemployment claims dropped.

“It’s good to see such a strong report in March,” Butler said. “So many of our local communities are trending in the right direction in terms of job creation and hiring. And, we are even seeing records in many places.”

In March, the number of employed residents in the Rome area, at 43,193., was up by 85 over the month and 1,235 for the year.

Jobs climbed by 100 in March to 41,300. The change over the past 12 months was 300.

The area reported strong growth in education and health services.

The Rome labor force ended March at 45,108. That number is down 160 over the month and up 818 over the past 12 months.

Georgia’s 14 metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) had unemployment rates that varied from a low of 3.3 percent in Gainesville to Dalton ’s 5.3 percent. All 14 trended lower in March.

Initial claims for unemployment were down about 31 percent for the month and about 20 percent for the year.

The metropolitan statistical area includes just Floyd County. 

Other area unemployment rates:

Bartow: 3.9 percent, down from 4.3% the month before
Gordon: 4 percent, down from 4.6% the month before
Polk: 4.3 percent, down from 5%
Chattooga: 4 percent, down from 4.9%