Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Bartow County recorded an unchanged March unemployment rate of 3 percent. A year ago, the rate was 4 percent. Despite this, the labor force and the number of employed were at all-time highs in March in Bartow County.


“Across Georgia, we continue to see increases in the labor force, the number of employed, and the number of jobs,” said Commissioner Mark Butler. “With Georgia having the lowest unemployment rate of the top ten most populated states, we are pleased to see Georgians enter the workforce filling the many open positions available in all of our regions and counties.”


The labor force increased in March by 139 to 52,964, an all-time high. That number is up 1,878 over-the-year.


Bartow County ended March with an all-time high of 51,352 employed residents. That number increased by 103 in March and was up 2,308 as compared to last year.


Initial claims for unemployment went down by 26 percent in March. When compared to last March, claims were down about 90 percent.


Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 800 active job postings in Bartow County for March.


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