Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Bartow County’s set a record in April for lowest unemployment rate ever.

At the same time, monthly labor force and employed residents were down slightly, preliminary numbers show.

“In April, we set record lows for unemployment across the state,” Butler said. “And, the numbers show we traditionally do even better through the upcoming summer months.”

The unemployment rate for April went down by 0.5 percentage points, settling at 3 percent – a record low. A year ago, the rate was 3.6 percent.

Nationally, the rate for April was 3.6 percent.

The labor force in Bartow County fell by 595 in April, bringing the total to 49,623. The number has dropped by 273 when compared to the same month a year ago.

Bartow County lost 300 employed residents in April, bringing the total to 48,153. The number is up 31 for the year.

Claims for unemployment insurance were down by 19 percent in April. They were down by about 4 percent when compared to the same month a year ago.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.comshowed 386 active job postings in metro Bartow County for April.

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