Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Brunswick saw an increase in the unemployment rate over the month as the number of claims rose 27 percent in August.
“Although we are seeing fewer unemployed individuals now than before the pandemic started, we are also still seeing a decreased total number of people in the workforce when compared to numbers recorded prior to the pandemic,” said Commissioner Mark Butler. “This will continue to cause a hiring crunch until we can attract more people back to the workforce to fill the record number of job openings.”
In Brunswick, the unemployment rate was up four-tenths of a percentage point to 3.2 percent from July 2021. A year ago, the rate was 6.3 percent.
The labor force decreased in Brunswick by 295 and ended the month at 53,047. That number is up 3,100 when compared to August of 2020.
Brunswick finished the month with 51,375 employed residents. That number decreased by 464 over the month and is up by 4,585 when compared to the same time a year ago.
Brunswick ended August with 43,600 jobs. That number decreased by 300 from July to August and increased by 1,800 when compared to this time last year.
The number of unemployment claims went up by 27 percent in Brunswick in August. When compared to last August, claims were down by about 77 percent.
Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed about 513 active job postings in Brunswick for August.
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