The labor force expanded across the Georgia Mountains region, which includes 12 Northeast Georgia counties, as the number of employed residents increased in May, according to the latest figures from the state Department of Labor.
Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a press release Wednesday, July 3, that the Georgia Mountains region showed key employment metrics trending favorably for the month of May.
For example, the number of unemployment insurance claims fell by about 12 percent, according to preliminary numbers.
“In May, we saw much needed growth in our labor force in many local areas,” Butler said. “We also saw more Georgians become employed. Overall, we head into the summer with a good jobs report.”
The Georgia Mountains region includes Hall, Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties.
The labor force grew by 2,595 persons to reach 350,652 total individuals. And over the last 12 months, this figure has grown by 3,348.
The Georgia Mountains region added 1,565 employed residents in May, pushing its total to 340,350. That number has grown by 3,678 over the past year.
With the labor force expanding and new jobs becoming available, the jobless rate actually ticked up slightly by 0.2 percentage points, ending the month at 2.9 percent.
The unemployment rate for the region, however, remains lower than the 3.1 percent posted in May 2018. It’s also lower than the state average of 3.8 percent and the national rate of 3.6 percent.
Employ Georgia, the Department of Labor’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com, showed 2,410 active job postings in the Georgia Mountains region for May.