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


Additionally, Bartow County saw a monthly decrease in initial claims for August.


“It is very promising that we continue to see the unemployment rate drop month after month, while the job market gets stronger, evoking positive news for Georgia’s economy,” said Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler. “The state as a whole is leading the nation in competitive unemployment rates, coming in at 7th lowest.”


In Bartow County, the unemployment rate decreased by 2.2 percentage points, dropping the rate to 5 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.5 percent.


The labor force decreased in August by 1,377. The August total was 47,802. That number is down by 2,561 from the total from August 2019.


Bartow County ended August with 45,390 employed residents.  The number decreased by 225 in August but was down 3,222 as compared to last year.


Initial claims for unemployment decreased by 60 percent in August. When compared to last August, claims were up by about 1,041 percent.


The GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 706 active job postings in Bartow County for August.


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