Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Bartow County’s unemployment rate increased in December.


“In December, key indicators varied in the different regions and counties,” said Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler. “Although this month’s numbers fluctuated more than usual, a majority of the areas saw positive job growth that continues to be indicative of the resilience that Georgia has to offer during this economic rebound.”


In Bartow County, the unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points, bringing the rate to 4.8 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.1 percent.


The labor force decreased in December by 99. The December total was 50,496. That number is down by 920 from the total from December 2019.


Bartow County ended December with 48,070 employed residents.  The number decreased by 184 in December and was down 1,734 as compared to last year.


Initial claims for unemployment increased by 119 percent in December. When compared to last December, claims were up by about 299 percent.


The GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 659 active job postings in Bartow County for December.


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