Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Bartow County set a series of records in October.
The county set new highs for labor force and employment. The unemployment rate, preliminary numbers showed, remained at its historic low.
“October was a great month for Georgia and our local communities,” Butler said. “We continued to create jobs and people gained employment – often at record numbers.”
Nationally, the unemployment rate climbed in October to 3.6 percent, an increase of 0.1 percentage points. The nation also grew to its labor force by 325,000, increased employment by 241,000 and added more 125,000 jobs.
Georgia’s unemployment rate, meanwhile, fell in October by 0.1 percentage points to 3.4 percent. That tied Georgia’s all-time low set in December of 2000.
In the county, the unemployment rate held constant in October at 2.9 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.7 percent.
The labor force in Bartow County increased by 296 in October, bringing the total to 50,589. The number has risen by 363 when compared to the same month a year ago.
Bartow County added 273 employed residents in October, bringing the total to 49,112. The number is up 724 for the year.
Claims for unemployment insurance were up by about 23 percent in October. They were down by about 2 percent when compared to the same month a year ago.
Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 454 active job postings in metro Bartow County for October.