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Rome unemployment rate was 4.4% in December

January 31, 2019--8:11 a.m.

GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

The Rome area finished 2018 with an unemployment rate of 4.4%, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

The jobless rate was 3.7% in November and 4.5% in December of 2017.

The labor force in Rome went up by 178 in December to reach 44,461. That number is up by 141 over the past year – an average monthly increase of about 12.

Rome lost 170 employed residents in December, bringing the total to 42,484. The number is up by 156 for the year or about 13 per month.

Jobs were down 100 in December, pushing the total to 41,800. The job total in Rome is up 300 over the year – an average monthly increase of 25.

In Polk County, the December unemployment rate at 4.1 percent was down from 4.7 percent a year ago. In December, the number climbed 0.6 percent.

In Bartow County, the unemployment rate for December, at 3.7 percent, was up 0.6 percent over the previous month. A year ago, the rate was 4.1 percent.

In Gordon County, the December unemployment rate at 4.0 percent was down from 4.3 percent a year ago. In December, the number climbed 1 percent from November.

In Chattooga County, the December unemployment rate at 4.3 percent was down from 4.1 a year ago.  it was up from 4 percent in November.