Business: Slight rise in the jobless rate in Floyd, Polk counties in February vs. January; all local counties improve from February 2017.

Business: Slight rise in the jobless rate in Floyd, Polk counties in February vs. January; all local counties improve from February 2017.

County-by-county unemployment rates for February:

Floyd: 4.8 percent, up a tick from January but down vs. February 2017.

Bartow: 4.3 percent, down from January and from the same month last year.

Gordon: 4.6 percent, equal to the previous month but down from a year earlier.

Polk: 5 percent, up from the previous month, down from a year ago.

Chattooga: 4.9 percent, same as January but down from February 2017.

Media release: Rome posted a strong February as critical job measures trended in the right direction, says Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

Butler noted jobs, employed residents, and labor force all increased in February. At the same time, the unemployment rate inched up and unemployment claims dropped.

“It’s good to see we picked up this year right where we left off from 2017,” Butler said. “I expect Georgia will have a very good 2018. And, it’s great to see so many of our local communities have gotten off to a good start.”

In February, the number of employed residents in the Rome area, at 43,058, was up by 543 over the month and 1,367 for the year.

Jobs climbed by 200 to 41,200 in February. They increased by 500 over the past 12 months.

The Rome labor force ended February at 45,227. That number is up 603 over the month and 968 over the past 12 months. The area’s labor force includes the total number of residents with jobs and those unemployed but looking for work.

At the same time, the jobless rate rose from 4.7 percent to 4.8 percent over the past month. A year ago, the jobless rate was 5.8 percent. Georgia’s 14 metropolitan statistical areas had unemployment rates that varied from a low of 3.6 percent in Gainesville to Dalton’s 5.5 percent.

Initial claims for unemployment were down about 60 percent for the month and up about 8 percent for the year.

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