2018-02-07 / Community

Employment and work force up in Southern Georgia during 2017

ATLANTA– – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that 2017 was a banner year for job creation and employment in the Southern Georgia area.

The 18-county Southern Georgia region ended the calendar year with 3,489 more employed residents, 2,061 more people in the workforce, and an unemployment rate down .8 percent.

“This is a very good year for the Southern Georgia area,” Butler said. “The critical indicators trended in the right direction. I’m expecting the same will continue in 2018.”

The region also lost 277 employed residents last month. Still, the Southern Georgia area ended 2017 with 170,036 employed residents.

The Southern Georgia labor force, the number of residents with jobs and those unemployed but actively looking for work, fell by 220 in December. The area posted a labor force total of 178,206 at year’s end.

In December, 1,136 initial claims for unemployment insurance were filed, up by 18 percent from the previous month. In comparison to last December, initial claims are down by 1 percent.

Meanwhile, the area’s unemployment rate fell from 5.4 percent to 4.6 over the 12-month cycle. The December rate, at 4.6 percent, was up by .1 percent from the previous month.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 1,060 new active job postings in the Southern Georgia region at year’s end.

The Southern Georgia includes Baker, Calhoun, Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas, and Worth counties.

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