Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Bartow County recorded an unemployment rate of 2.5 percent in July, down five-tenths of a percent over the month. A year ago, the rate was 3.5 percent.


“This summer, we have seen unemployment rates drop while job numbers have climbed,” said Commissioner Mark Butler. “As employers have worked to fill positions with the most qualified people, job seekers have taken advantage of the wide range of employment opportunities with more benefits and flexibility than ever before.”


The labor force went down in July by 285 to 52,548. That number rose by 1,197 over the year.


Bartow County ended July with 51,243 employed residents. That number was down 22 over the month and rose 1,694 over the year.


Initial claims for unemployment were down 2 percent in July. When compared to last July, claims were down about 50 percent.


Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 598 active job postings in Bartow County for July.