Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Bartow County saw positive over-the-month measures for every key indicator in February.


“February’s numbers are a strong indication the state is getting back to where it was prior to the pandemic,” said Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler. “Not only are we seeing growth for nearly every indicator in each region and county, but we are seeing the momentum start to switch in our favor. The unemployment rates are drastically dropping, the labor force numbers are gearing up, and most importantly, we are seeing initial claims decrease in almost every region and county.”   


In Bartow County, the unemployment rate decreased by 0.6 percentage points, bringing the rate to 4.2 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.4 percent.


The labor force increased in February by 393. The February total was 50,470. That number is down by 1,329 from the total from February 2020.


Bartow County ended February with 48,375 employed residents.  The number increased by 682 in February but was down 1,684 as compared to last year.


Initial claims for unemployment decreased by 29 percent in February. When compared to last February, claims were up by about 369 percent.


The GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 665 active job postings in Bartow County for February.