Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Bartow County recorded an unemployment rate of 2.4 percent in September, down four-tenths of a percent over the month. A year ago, the rate was 2.9 percent.


“We continue to see a steady rise in job creation and demand by employers to fill open positions,” said Commissioner Mark Butler. “This strong growth has led to Georgia having the fewest unemployed residents in over 20 years.” 


The labor force went up in September by 248 to 52,554. That number rose by 1,295 over the year.


Bartow County ended September with 51,318 employed residents. That number was up 494 over the month and rose 1,568 over the year.


Initial claims for unemployment were down 13 percent in September. When compared to last September, claims were down about 9 percent.


Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 838 active job postings in Bartow County for September.


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