Jan. 31, 2019
Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Bartow County ended 2018 with strong gains in labor force and employed residents.
At the same time, most monthly numbers for December were solid as well.
“Last year was a strong one in terms of gains for the economy and jobs,” Butler said. “We saw new records set across the state. Our unemployment rate continued to trend downward. Jobs were created and more Georgians became employed.”
The unemployment rate for December, at 3.7 percent, was up 0.6 percent over the previous month. A year ago, the rate was 4.1 percent.
The labor force in Bartow County grew by 747 over the past 12 months to end 2018 at 50,869. That’s an average increase of about 60. For the month, the number increased by 364.
Bartow County also added employed residents in 2018. The year-end total of 48,979 grew by 912 over the past 12 months, 76 a month. For December, the number increased by 58.
Claims for unemployment insurance were down 30 percent in December. They were up by 54 percent when compared to the same month a year ago.
Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 305 active job postings in metro Bartow County for December.
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