Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Bartow County’s labor force increased in September.


Additionally, Bartow County saw a monthly increase in employed residents and labor force for September.


“Although we saw some negative metrics in certain regions and counties, a majority of the areas saw increases in jobs, employed residents, and labor force,” said Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “We really need to push the tens of thousands of jobs that we have on our online job listing page The more we fill these jobs, the more our state can regulate and show positive numbers throughout all regions and counties.”


In Bartow County, the unemployment rate remained unchanged, keeping the rate at 5.2 percent. A year ago, the rate was 2.9 percent.


The labor force increased in September by 232. The September total was 48,188. That number is down by 2,477 from the total from September 2019.


Bartow County ended September with 45,696 employed residents.  The number increased by 225 in September but was down 3,518 as compared to last year.


Initial claims for unemployment decreased by 12 percent in September. When compared to last September, claims were up by about 971 percent.


Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 687 active job postings in Bartow County for September.


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