Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Polk County saw positive over-the-month measures for every key indicator in February.

“February’s numbers are a strong indication the state is getting back to where it was prior to the pandemic,” said Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler. “Not only are we seeing growth for nearly every indicator in each region and county, but we are seeing the momentum start to switch in our favor. The unemployment rates are drastically dropping, the labor force numbers are gearing up, and most importantly, we are seeing initial claims decrease in almost every region and county.”   

In Polk County, the unemployment rate decreased by 0.7 percentage points, bringing the rate to 4 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.5 percent.

The labor force increased in February by 73. The February total was 18,607. That number is down by 226 from the total from February 2020.

Polk County ended February with 17,862 employed residents.  The number increased by 194 in February and is down 303 as compared to last year.

Initial claims for unemployment decreased by 17 percent in February. When compared to last February, claims were up by about 245 percent.

The GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 129 active job postings in Polk County for February.

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