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GA Dept of Labor: Heart of Georgia Posts Positive Numbers Across the Board in March

The Heart of Georgia region includes Tattnall, Evans, Appling, Bleckley, Candler, Dodge, Emanuel, Jeff Davis, Johnson, Laurens, Montgomery, Telfair, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne, Wheeler, and Wilcox counties.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Heart of Georgia saw positive over-the-month and over-the year measures for nearly every key indicator in March.

Heart of Georgia unemployment rates for the last 13 months – – by Regional Commission (RC) / Source: GA Dept of Labor

“We had another strong month in March,” said Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler. “We saw the unemployment rate drop in every single region and county, along with an increase in jobs across the state and most importantly, a decrease in over-the-year initial claims for every region and county.”

In Heart of Georgia, the unemployment rate decreased by 0.4 percentage points, bringing the rate to 4.2 percent. A year ago, the rate was 4.7 percent.

The labor force increased in March by 59. The March total was 120,579. That number is up by 1,229 from the total from March 2020.

Heart of Georgia ended March with 115,559 employed residents.  The number increased by 576 in March and was up 1,816 as compared to last year.

Initial claims for unemployment increased by 10 percent in March. When compared to last March, claims were down by about 30 percent.

The GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 1,600 active job postings in Heart of Georgia for March.

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