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Northeast Georgia Posts Record-Setting Job Numbers


Northeast Georgia posting record numbers according to the State Department of Labor. The department released the jobs report Thursday which shows the unemployment rate for the area dropped four-tenths of a point, down to 3.8 percent.   Commissioner Mark Butler says the number of people working in the area increased.

“The big reason for that rate drop had to do with the fact that we saw just under 800 individuals actually gain employment during the month of March,” Butler said. “That’s very good news, along with the fact that also brought the total number of individuals employed in northeast Georgia to an all-time high. So, a record-setting month in the month of March for the northeast Georgia region when it comes to total numbers of individuals actually employed.”

Unemployment claims are down 17 percent for the year.

“Not only that, but when we took a look at initial claims for unemployment, we saw those numbers actually decrease in March and also we’re showing fewer claims this March than we had the same time last year. Overall, very good jobs report in the month of March.”

GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 2,392 new active job postings in metro Northeast region for March.

There are 12 regional commissions in Georgia The rates in the 12 areas vary from a low of 3.5 percent in the Georgia Mountains to 5.2 percent in the River Valley region.


The Northeast Georgia region includes Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton counties.

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