Press Release:

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

Due to the effects of COVID-19, all regions and counties continue to see stinted yearly growth, yet monthly gains in nearly all major sectors are beginning to spike.  

“The fact that almost every single monthly indicator in May’s job market report was positive shows great promise to Georgia’s economy up ahead,” said Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler. “Seeing these monthly numbers begin to increase means that we are definitely heading back in the right direction.”  

In Bartow County, the unemployment rate decreased in May to 9.7 percent, a decrease of 4.7 percentage points. A year ago, the rate was 3.1 percent.

The labor force decreased in May by 1,023. The May total was 47,969. That number is down by 2,208 from the total from May 2018.

Bartow County ended May with 43,296 employed residents.  The number increased by 1,377 in May and was down 5,318 as compared to last year.

Initial claims for unemployment decreased by 45 percent in May. When compared to last May, claims were up by about 4,961 percent.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 456 active job postings in Bartow County for May.