Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced this week that the state set records in October for total jobs and employed residents.

FIRST-TIME JOBLESS CLAIMS

Floyd: 172 claims, down from September and from October 2017.

Bartow: 145 claims, down from the previous month and a year earlier.

Gordon: 163 claims, a slight increase from September and from October of last year.

Polk: 76 claims, down from a month earlier and from the same month in 2017.

Chattooga: 31 claims, down slightly from September but up a bit from a year earlier.

Butler said, “We set records again this month,” adding “Georgia continues to grow stronger and better. We attract great jobs and more and more of them get filled. I don’t see this slowing down any time soon.”

The October rate, at 3.6 percent, slipped just below the national rate of 3.7 percent. Georgia’s rate was 4.5 percent a year ago.

In October, Georgia added another 2,400 jobs to push the state’s total number to 4.57 million – a record. Over the past year, Georgia added 93,600 new jobs, or nearly 8,000 a month.

The number of employed residents also swelled to a new record high.

Georgia ended October with just under 5 million employed residents. The state added 375 to the employment rolls for the month. By comparison, the state added about 8,500 folks to the employment rolls on an average month over the past year.

 

Annual job gains were up more than 20,000 in two different categories:

Construction – 21,600

Trade, transportation, utilities – 21,400.

 

Another three added more than 10,000 over the past 12 months:

Professional, business services – 18,100

Education, health services – 17,600

Leisure, hospitality – 11,000.

 

For the month, professional and business services surged by 5,300. Construction was close behind with another 2,500 added.

 

Georgia’s labor force fell slightly in October, declining by about 3,500 to end the month at 5.2 million. Over the past 12 months, Georgia added 57,855 people to its workforce, an average of nearly 4,900 a month.

Unemployment claims were up in October by 49 percent. When compared to last October, they were up less than 1 percent.

EmployGeorgia, the department’s job-listing website, saw nearly 77,000 jobs listed in October, an increase of 15 percent.