Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Bartow County posted a strong February as critical job measures trended in the right direction.
Butler noted employed residents and labor force both increased. At the same time, the unemployment rate fell and monthly unemployment claims dropped.
“It’s good to see we picked up this year right where we left off from 2017,” Butler said. “I expect Georgia will have a very good 2018. And, it’s great to see so many of our local communities have gotten off to a good start.”
In February, the number of employed residents in the Bartow County area, at 48,662, was up by 662 over the month and 1,873 for the year.
The Bartow County labor force ended February at 50,853. That number is up 653 over the month and up 1,518 over the past 12 months.
At the same time, the jobless rate fell to 4.3 percent in February, a drop of .1 percent. A year ago, the jobless rate was 5.2 percent.
In Bartow, initial claims for unemployment were down about 73 percent for the month and up about 32 percent for the year.
Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 367 new active job postings in metro Bartow County for February.