Jobs: 700 more jobs in April vs. same month in 2016; first-time jobless claims mostly down in five-county area.

Jobs: 700 more jobs in April vs. same month in 2016; first-time jobless claims mostly down in five-county area.


Summary: Expanded details below

Rome/Floyd County added 700 jobs in April compared to the same month in 2016 (41,500 jobs to 40,800). From March to April of this year, the local labor force gained 300 jobs.

Statewide, the jobless rate for April dropped to 5 percent vs. 5.4 percent a year earlier. The county-by-county jobless rates will be posted this time next week.

First-time jobless claims mostly down in our area.

Who’s hiring: Big job fair at local Kroger stores.

First-time jobless claims:

  • Floyd: 280 claims, up from March but down from a year earlier.
  • Bartow: 254 claims, up slightly from March but down from the previous year.
  • Gordon: 124 claims, down more than 50 percent from March and almost the same from April 2016.
  • Polk:120 claims, down from both the previous month and previous year.
  • Chattooga: 40 claims, down from March but up from April 2016.


Media release: The Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday announced that the state’s unemployment rate decreased to 5 percent in April, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 5.1 percent in March. In April 2016, the unemployment rate was 5.4 percent.

“Our rate declined in April as we saw more people become employed, the labor force continued to grow and our employers reduced the number of new layoffs,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.  “New claims for unemployment insurance, a measure of new layoffs, dropped to the lowest level we’ve seen in nearly 19 years.”

There were 15,179 more Georgians employed in April than in March, pushing the total number to another record of 4,778,503. There were 156,700 more people employed in April than a year ago in April 2016.

Meanwhile, the labor force, which consists of employed residents and those who are unemployed and actively looking for jobs, grew by 10,545 to 5,031,142. That total represents an increase of 145,983 over the past 12 months.

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance declined by 3,386, or 13.5 percent, to 21,633, its lowest point since May 1998. Most of the decrease came in manufacturing and administrative and support services. Over the year, claims were down by 4,712, or 17.9 percent, from 26,345 in April 2016, with manufacturing and administrative and support services again contributing to the decline.

Even as there were more employed Georgians, the state lost 2,800 jobs in April, dropping to a total of 4,466,700. Job losses came in construction, 3,000; trade, transportation and warehousing, 2,600; leisure and hospitality, 2,400; professional and business services, 1,200; and education and health services, 600. The job losses were offset somewhat by gains in manufacturing, 2,200; information services, 1,800; other services, including repair and maintenance, 1,600; and government, 1,300.

“Georgia continues to be a national leader in over-the-year job growth, as our employers added 113,600 jobs since April of last year,” Butler continued. “That represents a growth rate of 2.6 percent, which is a full percentage point higher than the national rate of 1.6 percent.  And, we saw growth in every job sector.”

Job gains included: professional and business services, 28,900; leisure and hospitality, 19,500; trade, transportation and warehousing, 17,000; education and health services, 14,900; financial activities, 9,900; government, 9,100; construction, 6,600; information services, 3,800; manufacturing, 2,400; and other services, 700.


Kroger will be hosting a job fair for all Atlanta Division stores this Saturday, May 20, to fill full- and part-time positions – including cashiers, courtesy clerks, deli clerks, grocery clerks, meat and seafood clerks.This is the first of two, one-day hiring events Kroger’s Atlanta Division is hosting this year after hosting several successful events last year. The company plans to host a second hiring event, open exclusively to military veterans and their family members, in the fall. Applicants should apply at prior to the job fair and simply return to a store on Saturday, May 20 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., no appointment necessary.

Floyd County Government has the following openings advertised (from Northwest Georgia Career Depot)

Records I.D. Clerk
Equipment Operator I
Equipment Operator Ii
Certified and Non-Certified E-911 Dispatcher
Certified & Non-Certifed Correctional Officer
Non-certified & Certified Patrol Officer
Jail Officer / Deputy Sheriff
Concession Stand Worker
Gymnastics Instructor/Special Events
Athletic Official – Softball Umpire
Athletic Official – Baseball Umpire
(Seasonal) Equipment Operator I
Lifeguard (Temporary / Part Time)
Receptionist – District Attorney’s Office
Sports Coordinator
County Engineer
Senior Deputy Court Clerk
Personal Property Appraiser I
Property Appraiser II
Equipment Operator

For more information and to apply, please visit:

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