Unemployment in Rome and Floyd County ticked back up to an even 5% in September, according to data released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.
The rate was up one-tenth of a percent from August and up from 3.3% in September a year ago.
The jobless rate rose even though there was a small increase in the number of Floyd County residents who were employed. That number increased from 40,825 Floyd County residents who were working in August to 40,840 in September. Their jobs were not necessarily in the county.
The jobless rate increased because there was a corresponding increase in the workforce in September, up by 40 residents compared to August.
The Department of Labor also reported that Rome ended the month with 41,900 jobs, based on payrolls in Floyd County. Those are people who are working in Floyd County, but not necessarily residents of Floyd County.
That number was up by 100 from August but flat compared to the same month a year ago.
Only one of Floyd’s contiguous counties reported a decrease in the jobless rate. Gordon County dipped from 4.3% in August to 4.2% in September.
The unemployment rate in Bartow and Walker counties were unchanged in September, at 5.2% and 4% respectively. Chattooga was up 0.1%, to 6.5% while Polk County climbed 0.2% to 4.9% last month.
The overall rate for the 15-county Northwest Georgia region was 4.7% in September, up from 4.6% in August.
The region encompasses Dade, Catoosa, Walker, Whitfield, Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Gordon, Chattooga, Floyd, Bartow, Polk, Paulding and Haralson counties.