Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Northwest Georgia’s unemployment rate decreased in May.

Due to the effects of COVID-19, all regions and counties continue to see stinted yearly growth, yet monthly gains in nearly all major sectors are beginning to spike.  

“The fact that almost every single monthly indicator in May’s job market report was positive shows great promise to Georgia’s economy up ahead,” said Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler. “Seeing these monthly numbers begin to increase means that we are definitely heading back in the right direction.”  

In Northwest Georgia, the unemployment rate decreased in May to 8.7 percent, a decrease of 4.2 percentage points. A year ago, the rate was 3.2 percent.

The labor force decreased in May by 2,768. The May total was 407,856. That number is down by 9,638 from the total from May 2018.

Northwest Georgia ended May with 372,558 employed residents.  The number increased by 15,107 in May and was down 31,649 as compared to last year.

Initial claims for unemployment decreased by 44 percent in May. When compared to last May, claims were up by about 3,276 percent.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 2,720 active job postings in Northwest Georgia for May.

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Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Rome’s unemployment rate decreased in May. 

Due to the effects of COVID-19, all MSA’s continue to see stinted yearly growth, yet monthly gains in nearly all major sectors are beginning to spike.  

“The fact that almost every single monthly indicator in May’s job market report was positive shows great promise to Georgia’s economy up ahead,” said Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler. “Seeing these monthly numbers begin to increase means that we are definitely heading back in the right direction.”  

In Rome, the unemployment rate decreased 4.1 percentage points in May, reaching 9.1 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.5 percent. 

Rome ended May with 41,200 jobs. That number increased by 1,600 from April to May but was down by 600 when compared to this time last year.

The labor force increased in May by 515 and ended the month with 44,666. That number is down 1,104 when compared to May of 2019. 

Rome finished the month with 40,589 employed residents.  That number increased by 2,287 over the month but is down by 1,455 when compared to the same time a year ago. 

The number of unemployment claims went down by 42 percent in May to 7,309. When compared to last May, claims were up by about 2,250 percent.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed about 360 active job postings in metro Rome for May.