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Athens Unemployment Rate Continues to Fall

Nicole Jordan

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler reported that the unemployment rate continues to fall. On Thursday, he stated that Athens recorded an unemployment rate of 2.6 percent in July. A year ago, the rate was 3.4 percent. The number of unemployment claims also went down by about 62 percent from last year and 0% from last month. 

Butler also said that employers and job seekers have more options than they did the previous year, with a wider range of benefits and flexibility. 

Compared to July of 2021, the labor force in Athens increased by 4,971 and the number of available jobs increased by 7,800. At the end of July, Athens had 99,966 employed residents and 101,500 jobs. 

Employ Georgia, the Georgia Department of Labor’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed about 4,190 active job postings in Athens for July.