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State Labor Department: Georgia Sets Records in October

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Georgia’s unemployment rate hit a record low last month. That’s according to the most recent numbers from the Georgia Department of Labor which released the numbers Thursday. Commissioner Mark Butler says the figure matched a record set nearly 20 years ago.

“Well, the October numbers saw Georgia achieve a milestone, first of all, we tied our all-time low unemployment rate of 3.4 percent.”

But the commissioner says other numbers carry even more weight.

“Obviously it’s nice to be able to tie the record for having a low unemployment rate, but the other numbers in the jobs report are far more important,” according to Butler. “When you talk about having more people employed, still have a record number of jobs and also getting that total number of individuals were unemployed down its lowest number since 2001, I think those are bigger achievements that having a low unemployment rate.”

Butler encourages both job seekers looking for jobs and employers wanting to post jobs to visit the department’s job listing service EmployGeorgia.com.  

“We’ve actually, at least for the last three months, have seen either records or close to records of job listings. When you take a look at just the last 60 days we’ve had the most jobs postings in the last 60 days than we’ve ever had in the history of EmployGeorgia.com.

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Commissioner Mark Butler

Georgia added 5,400 jobs in October, pushing the total to 4.64 million jobs – a new record for the state. The three areas that added the most jobs in October are Leisure/Hospitality, Education/Health and Trade/Transportation/Utilities.

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