Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler released more January employment numbers Thursday, saying the 13-county Georgia Mountains region set another labor force record.
The labor force increased in January by 889 to reach 353,902 total members. The number has climbed by 4,079 over the past 12 months, according to Butler.
The 13-county region also saw its annual number of employed residents increase, according to preliminary numbers. In the region, the January unemployment rate increased by 0.6 percentage points to 3.0 percent. It was 3.6 percent one year ago.
The Georgia Mountains region lost 1,131 employed residents in January, bringing its total to 343,371. That number has grown by 6,107 over the past year.
Initial claims for unemployment went up by about 42-percent in January. They are up by about 44-percent when compared to last year.
Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 3,020 active job postings in the Georgia Mountains region for January.
The Georgia Mountains region includes Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White counties.
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