Jobless rate climbed last month, partly because of graduates seeking summer jobs. Rates were down vs. June 2016. Plus: Who’s hiring.

Jobless rate climbed last month, partly because of graduates seeking summer jobs. Rates were down vs. June 2016. Plus: Who’s hiring.

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June’s jobless rate across North Georgia courtesy of the Georgia Department of Labor.

 

EMPLOYMENT SNAPSHOT

The unemployment rate in June rose when compared to the previous month but was down across the board when compared to June 2016, according to the latest reports from the Georgia Department of Labor. 

  • The number of unemployed increased by 186 to 2,453. There were 275 fewer unemployed than in June 2016.
  • The labor force increased, partially because high school and college students entered the job market. From May to June, the labor force, which consists of employed residents and those who are unemployed and actively looking for jobs, increased by 27 to 44,129. Compared to June a year ago, the labor force had a net increase of 1,017.
  • There were 159 fewer Metro Rome residents employed in June than in May, lowering the total number to 41,766. However, there was an increase of 1,292 in the number of employed residents from 40,474 in June 2016.
  • The number of jobs in Metro Rome decreased by 100, or 0.2 percent, to 41,400. The job loss came in the goods-producing sector, which includes manufacturing and construction.
  • However, over-the-year, a total of 1,000 jobs were added, a 2.5 percent growth rate, up from 40,400 in June 2016. The job growth came in education and health services, retail trade and other services, along with the goods-producing sector, which includes manufacturing and construction.

COUNTY-BY-COUNTY JOBLESS CLAIMS

Floyd: 5.5% in June vs. 5.1% the previous month but down from 6.3% in June of last year.

Bartow: 4.9%, up from 4.5% in May but down from 5.4% a year earlier.

Gordon: 5.2% in June, up from 4.8% in May but down from 6.1% in the previous June.

Polk: 5.5% in June which was up slightly from 5.3% in May but down from 6.3% from 12 months earlier.

Chattooga: 5.1% last month, up from 4.8% in May but down from 6.1% in June 2016.

 

THE BIG PICTURE:

Media release: The Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday announced that the unemployment rate in Northwest Georgia in June was 5 percent, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 4.7 percent in May. In June 2016, the rate was 5.6 percent

The rate rose as the number of unemployed residents increased and the labor force grew. The number of unemployed increased by 1,541 to 20,933. There were 1,975 fewer unemployed than in June 2016.

The labor force increased, partially because high school and college students entered the job market. From May to June, the labor force, which consists of employed residents and those who are unemployed and actively looking for jobs, increased by 2,265 to 417,019. Compared to June a year ago, the labor force had a net increase of 11,183.

Although the rate rose, there were still 724 more Northwest Georgia area residents employed in June than in May, pushing the total number to 396,086. The increase in the number of employed residents in June grew by 13,158 from June 2016.

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance, a measure of new layoffs, decreased by 366, or 16.8 percent, to 1,819. Most of the decrease came in manufacturing. Over the year, claims were down by 894, or 33 percent, from 2,713 in June 2016.

Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for June was 4.8 percent, down from 4.9 percent in May. It was 5.3 percent in June 2016.

WHO’S HIRING

  • C & W Services, today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cartersville Career Center, 19 Felton Place, Cartersville. Hiring 12 Industrial Electricians/ Electrical Mechanical Technicians for our White, Ga., site. From: Career Depot
  • Mohawk Industries has 200 jobs available in Northwest Georgia including 74 in Calhoun and eight in Summerville. For more / From Career Depot
  • Job postings on the Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce site. Click Rome jobs
  • Job postings on the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce site. Cartersville jobs
  • Northwest Georgia Career Depot. Career Depot
  • Local jobs from Career Builder and Hometown Headlines. Click Career Builder
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