Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Bartow County recorded a February unemployment rate of 3 percent, down two-tenths of a percent over the month.  A year ago, the rate was 4.3 percent. Unemployment claims were down in Bartow County while both the labor force and number of employed were at all-time highs in February.


“Thanks to the hard work of many Georgians, February saw gains in jobs, labor force, and the number of employed for much of the state,” said Commissioner Mark Butler. “As we look towards the spring and summer months, we remain committed to working with employers as they continue to fill open positions with suitable job seekers.”


The labor force increased in February by 345 to 52,849, an all-time high. That number is up 1,750 over the year.


Bartow County ended February with an all-time high of 51,271 employed residents. That number increased by 450 in February and was up 2,387 as compared to last year.


Initial claims for unemployment went down by 59 percent in February. When compared to last February, claims were down about 83 percent.


Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 775 active job postings in Bartow County for February.


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