1,100 more jobs last month than March 2016. Plus: First-time jobless claims down in most area counties.

1,100 more jobs last month than March 2016. Plus: First-time jobless claims down in most area counties.



Executive summary: The March jobs report saw a major spike in local jobs — 1,100 more than the same month in 2016, according to Georgia’s Department of Labor. Rome/Floyd also picked up 100 jobs from the previous month.  But jobless claims also climbed in up in Gordon and Chattooga counties compared to February. All five area counties reported a first-time jobless claim drop from the previous March except for Chattooga.


First-time jobless claims:

  • Floyd: 267 claims, down slightly from February and from the previous March.
  • Bartow: 235 claims, which was down from the previous month and a year earlier.
  • Gordon: 255 claims, up from the previous month but down from March 2016.
  • Polk: 157 claims, a decrease from February and from the same month last year.
  • Chattooga: 63 claims, up from both February and from March 2016.


Media release: The Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday announced that the state’s unemployment rate decreased to 5.1 percent in March, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 5.3 percent in February. This is the lowest the rate has been since December 2007, the beginning of the Great Recession. In March 2016, the unemployment rate was 5.5 percent.

“The rate dropped as we saw more than 19,000 people become employed and Georgia employers continued to create jobs,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “While the monthly job growth was stronger than our three-year average for March, our over-the-year job growth of 131,000 is the best for this period since 2000.”

The number of employed workers increased by 19,093, as the labor force grew by 9,627 to 5,020,332. The labor force consists of employed residents and those who are unemployed and actively looking for jobs. The growth in the labor force led to an increase in the state’s labor participation rate of one-tenth of a percentage point to 63.1 percent.  The labor participation rate is the percentage of all Georgia residents at least 16 years old who are in the labor force.

There were 9,500 new jobs in March, representing a 0.2 percent growth rate, which increased the total job count to 4,466,100. The growth outpaced the average February-to-March increase of 9,300 for the previous three years. Most of the gains were in construction, 4,700; professional and business services, 2,600; trade, transportation and warehousing, 1,800; information services, 1,400; leisure and hospitality, 1,200; financial activities, 900; and education and health services, 600. The job gains were offset somewhat by losses in government, 1,800; other services, such as repair and maintenance, 1,000; and manufacturing, 800.

Over the year, however, 131,000 jobs were added, a 3 percent growth rate from March 2016. The national growth rate was 1.7 percent. Job gains were made in professional and business services, 29,300; leisure and hospitality, 25,800; trade, transportation and warehousing, 18,900; education and health services, 17,300; government, 14,900; construction, 11,200; financial activities, 9,700; information services, 2,900; and manufacturing, 1,600. Other services lost 1,300 jobs.

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance, a measure of new layoffs, rose by 712, or 2.9 percent, to 25,019 in March. Most of the increase was due to temporary claims filed in manufacturing.

Over the year, claims were down by 2,963, or 10.6 percent, from 27,982 in March 2016, with administrative and support services and manufacturing and construction accounting for most of the decline.


From Northwest Georgia Career Depot:

Daystar Staffing
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 26
Cedartown Career Center
262 North Park Boulevard, Cedartown
A representative from Daystar Staffing will be conducting interviews for Quality Inspectors and Machine Operators.

Beaulieu Job Fair
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 26
Georgia Dept. of Labor-Rome Career Center
462 Riverside Pkwy NE, Rome
Beaulieu will be onsite at the Rome Career Center to recruit for multiple positions in the Calhoun area. Per OSHA requirements, applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Jobs include: Twisting Service worker; Heat Set Department Trainer; Twisting Supervisor; Yarn Packer; Quality Control Tech; Shipping Clerk/Truck Driver; Heat Set Fixer; Twisting Fixer; Heatset Creeler; & Heatset Op.


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