Georgia Department of Labor

ATLANTA – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that Floyd County’s unemployment and jobs picture looked bright in August.

Butler said Wednesday that in August the unemployment rate was just 5.3 percent, unemployment claims fell and job growth continued to climb.

“The August numbers show metro Rome’s economy and outlook for employment remains healthy,” said Butler.

The August unemployment rate was down from 6.3 percent in July. A decline of 301 in the labor force contributed to the decline in the monthly rate which can be attributed to school age workers returning to their educational institutions. The August rate compares favorably to last August when the rate was also 6.3 percent.

From July to August, jobs in metro Rome were up by 1 percent to 41,300. Much of the job growth came in local government as the public schools reopened.

Since August 2016, metro Rome has gained 600 jobs, a 1.5 percent growth rate. Most of the job growth came in education and health services.

There were 1,063 more metro Rome residents employed than in August 2016.

“Georgia continues to be one of the leaders in job creation and employment,” Butler said. “It's great to see our employers continue to create jobs, and Georgians going back to work.”.

Unemployment claims were down by 54.6 percent – another good sign for metro Rome’s economy. Claims were down in manufacturing. Over the year, claims were down by 23.6 percent, from August 2016.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 593 new active job postings in metro Rome for August.

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