Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Brunswick set a record again in August for total jobs.
Brunswick, according to preliminary numbers, posted monthly gains in jobs, and annual gains in labor force and employed for the three-county metropolitan statistical area (MSA).
“It’s good to see so many of our communities doing well,” Butler said. “We continue to add jobs at a record rate and see claims for unemployment fall. Overall, August was a strong month across the state.”
Brunswick’s unemployment rate rose in August, up by 0.1 percentage points to settle at 3.6 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.9 percent.
Brunswick ended August with 46,600 jobs – a new record high. That’s an increase of about 200 from last month’s total and up 1,300 from the job total as of a year ago.
The labor force decreased in August by 22 to reach 54,658. That number is up by 1,157 from the total of last year.
Brunswick ended August with 52,685 employed residents. The number decreased by 90 in August but was up by 1,279 as compared to August 2018’s total.
The numbers of unemployment claims went down in August by about 17 percent and were down by about 19 percent from the same period last year.
The three-county MSA includes Brantley, Glynn and McIntosh counties.
According to preliminary data, Savannah also added to its annual job report, labor force and employed residents across the three-county metropolitan statistical area (MSA).
Savannah’s unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points in August, reaching 3.6 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.8 percent.
Savannah ended August with 186,400 jobs. Jobs stayed flat over the month but increased by 2,100 jobs when compared to the same time a year ago.
The labor force decreased in August by 2,015. The total is 187,929. That number is up by 509 when compared to the same time last year.
Savannah ended August with 181,212 employed residents. That number dropped by 2,241 over the month but is up by 841 when compared to the same time a year ago.