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Georgia Employment and Job Availability Numbers Record High in March

Georgia Department of Labor

Georgia is setting records again when it comes to employment numbers according to the most recent figures from the State Department of Labor.

Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says those numbers, released today, show Georgia set another record in March for total jobs in the state.

“We did see a growth yet again in jobs, bringing our total jobs number to an all-time high,” Butler said.

Butler says the number that stand out to him the most would be the amount of available jobs.

“Right now we’re going to encourage as many people as possible out there to come in and take a look at these many job opportunities as we have right now in Georgia because we do have a very tight labor market and we do need individuals to take these tens of thousands of jobs that we’re seeing open across the state of Georgia,” Butler said.

He does say while the state is posting positive numbers, there are concerns when it comes to employers filling Georgia’s open jobs.

“As we continue to see Georgia grow jobs, and more companies look at Georgia, the big concern is continuing to provide the people for those jobs,” Butler said. “So that will always be a concern going forward is to watch those numbers closely. Right now, if we do see the number of jobs created start to slow down, it’s not going to be because we don’t want more jobs, it’s going to be because we don’t have enough individuals to fill those jobs.”

Statistics from the Labor Department show Georgia added another 1,600 jobs in March, pushing the state’s total to 4.6 million. The annual growth of 85,200 breaks down to 7,100 a month.  That number is greater than the entire population of cities like Hampton, Bremen or Stone Mountain.

Job postings on EmployGeorgia.com surged in March, rising 25 percent to pass 90,000.