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Local unemployment is at a record low

There’s at least one reason to be merry as Athens heads into the holiday season: The unemployment rate in Athens is at an all-time low.

According to Mark Butler, Georgia’s Labor Commissioner, only 2.2 percent of Athens residents were unemployed by the end of October, the last month for which data are available. That’s down from 4.5 percent unemployed at the same time last year.

As of October of this year, Athens gained 343 workers, ending the month with 98,800 employed across all job types. The low unemployment rate is not limited to Athens, but holds true across all of Georgia. Now, Butler says the focus is on finding Georgians to fill critical positions for what looks to be a strong holiday season.

The Georgia Department of Labor’s online job website, Employ Georgia, shows approximately 3,463 open positions in Athens for the month of October.

Robin Whetstone began as the Operations Assistant at WUGA in 2019, and moved into Production at the station in 2021. She loves using production, broadcasting, and digitaL technology to deliver stories that inform and entertain.

Robin is the Senior Producer of Athens News Matters, WUGA's weekly news and culture program, airing Wednesdays at 6pm, and hosts All Things Considered each weekday from 4-6:30pm.

A UGA MPH alumna, she also hosts and produces the Georgia Health Report, a weekly look at health policy and practice in Georgia and in our nation featuring Andy Miller, Southern Bureau Chief and Senior Editor of Kaiser Health News. (Multiple airings on WUGA and state-wide on Georgia Public Broadcasting.)

Robin has worked previously as a journalist, and most recently was a columnist for Flagpole Magazine. She started her career in Public Broadcasting at WPBT, Miami and Southeast Florida's Public Television station. When Robin's not at the station, you can find her wondering why this thing happened and what that person thinks.
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