Monday September 16th, 2019 10:39PM

GDOL: Unemployment rate drops below 3% for Georgia Mountains region

By AccessWDUN Staff

The Georgia Mountains’ unemployment rate fell again in April, dropping below the three-percent mark, according to statistics released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor. 

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the unemployment rate fell, while Georgia Mountains lost workforce and employed residents across the 12-county region. The number of new claims also fell, preliminary numbers showed.

"We saw every region lower its rate and, in most of these cases, break its previous record," Butler said. “If we can continue to grow our labor force, the future looks strong.”

The April unemployment rate fell by 0.5 percentage points, coming in at 2.7 percent.  It was 3.1 percent one year ago. Butler said the rate declined across all 12 regions. The Georgia Mountains region includes Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties.

The labor force decreased in April by 2,210 to reach 348,146 total members. The number has climbed by 2,201 over the past 12 months.

The Georgia Mountains region lost 234 employed residents in April, pushing its total to 338,882. That number has grown by 3,758 over the past year.

Initial claims for unemployment went up by about 25 percent in April. They are up by about 46 percent when compared to last April. 

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.comshowed 2,034 active job postings in the Georgia Mountains region for April.


  • Associated Categories: Homepage, Local/State News, Politics, Submitted News
  • Associated Tags: unemployment rate, Mark Butler , Georgia Department of Labor , Georgia Mountains Region
© Copyright 2019
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
GDOL: Unemployment rate drops below 3% for Georgia Mountains region
Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday the Georgia Mountains’ unemployment rate fell again in April, dropping below the three-percent mark.
7:13AM ( 9 minutes ago )
Bobby Gruhn Field turf gets a facelift
If you drive by City Park Stadium in Gainesville, you'll probably do a double take. According to Gainesville City Schools Athletic Fields and School Grounds Manager David Presnell, they're turf planing the field.
7:05AM ( 17 minutes ago )
AP: Prosecutors push back on enforcing new state abortion laws
New state abortion laws likely to become bogged down in legal challenges face another potential obstacle: prosecutors who refuse to enforce them.
5:03AM ( 2 hours ago )
Local/State News
Republican candidate Williams to spend four years on probation for insurance fraud
Former State Sen. Michael Williams, who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP gubernatorial nomination last year, has reached a plea deal on charges of insurance fraud.
10:28AM ( 20 hours ago )
The Latest: Another Republican blocks disaster aid in House
Another conservative Republican has once again blocked efforts by House leaders to speed a $19 billion disaster aid bill to President Donald Trump's desk
6:20PM ( 1 day ago )
Helen dedicates historical documents display, including Ten Commandments
Helen City Hall has joined public buildings in about 50 other Georgia counties displaying The Ten Commandments and other historical documents.
11:03AM ( 2 days ago )
Wayne Farms plant in Pendergrass reaches safety milestone
Officials with Wayne Farms Pendergrass Fresh Facility recently announced the plant reached an important safety milestone, achieving 3 million hours with no lost-time work injuries.
11:33AM ( 19 hours ago )
Piedmont College has new Vice President of Advancement
Craig Rogers currently serves as Chief Development Officer at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia.
10:00AM ( 3 days ago )
Jackson EMC Foundation awards $70K to nonprofits serving Hall County
Three of the grants are for $15,000 each.
3:00PM ( 4 days ago )
Submitted News
GDOL: Gainesville metro unemployment rate 2.5% for April
As the unemployment rate continues to decrease in the Gainesville metro area, businesses in the area continue to open up jobs.
By AccessWDUN Staff
7:02AM ( 1 week ago )
GDOL: Gainesville metro unemployment drops to 3%
March was a strong month for employment in the Gainesville metro, according to numbers released Thursday morning by the Georgia Department of Labor.
By AccessWDUN Staff
5:03AM ( 1 month ago )
GDOL: Georgia opens 2019 with record-setting job stats, unemployment inches upward
Records were posted in jobs, labor force and employed residents in January and February
By AccessWDUN Staff
6:04AM ( 2 months ago )
GDOL: Jobless rate ticks down, Georgia sets record for total jobs in November
Georgia's unemployment rate moved down a bit in November, while businesses in the state created a record number of jobs.
By AccessWDUN Staff
7:15AM ( 5 months ago )
GDOL: Georgia unemployment rate dips to 3.7% for September
The state’s unemployment rate dipped in September to 3.7 percent, a number not reached since May 2001
By AccessWDUN Staff
6:24AM ( 7 months ago )