Northeast Georgia is posting strong job numbers in the most recent report from the Georgia Department of Labor. Commissioner Mark Butler says the unemployment rate dropped in March to 3.5 percent, a two-tenths decrease.
Preliminary results showed the 10-county area also posted monthly losses in labor force and while the number of employed residents increased in March.
“Even though we did see the total number of individuals that are in the labor force decrease, these are individuals that are either working or actively seeking work, we did see that number decrease; we actually saw an overall increase in the total number in the total number of individuals employed,” according to Butler. “We’re seeing signs of fewer layoffs, not just over the month but we’re seeing fewer claims filed this March for unemployment than we saw the same time a year goal.”
A year ago, the rate was 3.8 percent.
The department is partnering with several employers for an upcoming job fair for veterans in Athens. The event takes place Wednesday, May 8th from 9 am until 12 pm at the Mitchell/Fields VFW Post #2872 on Sunset Drive in Athens.
Dozens of employers are participating in the job fair, including the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, ACC government, Athens Tech and the University of Georgia.
Job seekers interested in attending the event may visit employgeorgia.com to create an account to prepare and submit a résumé. Having an Employ Georgia account expedites the interview process.
Applicants are encouraged to bring their résumés, driver’s licenses and dress business casual to improve their chances to be hired.
Employers include Accurus Aerospace LLC, Act Home Care, Action Inc., Advantage Behavioral Health, Amazon, Anthony International, Athens Technical College, Athens-Clarke Co. Government, Athens-Clarke Co. Police, Baldor, Buhler Quality Yarns, Carrier Transicold, Carter's & Oshkosh Call Center, Carvana, Caterpillar, Certainteed, Clarke Co. School District, Clarke County Sheriff Office, Classic Center/Bread For Life, Clayton Co. Police Department, Comar, Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Department Of Driver Services, Dial America, Dynamic Security Inc., Fedex Ground, Ga. Dept. Of Public Safety, Georgia Mentor, Georgia Options, Georgia Pacific, Hancock State Prison, Hitachi Automotive Systems, Hope Haven Of Northeast Ga., Huber Engineered Woods, J.H. Seale & Son, Inc., Jackson EMC, Kubota, Mclane Company, Inc., Mission Foods, Navy Reserve, Nibco, Oconee State Bank, Ollie's Distribution, One Breath CNA, Petco Distribution Center, Piedmont Athens Regional, Pilgrim Pride, Quick Trip Distribution, Sam's Club, Schneider Trucking, Sci Talent Acquisition, Senior Community Service, Shenandoah Grower's, Silgan Closures, The Ritz-Carlton, The University Of Georgia, Title Max, UFP Mid Atlantic, LLC., Uline, USDA, Waffle House, Wal-Mart Distribution Center, Wayne Farms, LLC., Williams Sonoma, Inc., Winder Housing Authority, and Workforce Development-WIOA.