Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Gordon County’s labor force increased in July.
Additionally, Gordon County saw a monthly increase in employment and a monthly decrease in initial claims for July.
“As the state continues to reopen, we are going to see wild fluctuations up and down of the unemployment rate across the state,” said Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler. “The numbers that we really need to focus on are the most important ones, such as increases in workforce and employment which we are continuing to see in almost all regions and counties.”
In Gordon County, the unemployment rate increased in July to 5.9 percent, an increase of 0.1 percentage point. A year ago, the rate was 4.1 percent.
The labor force increased in July by 343. The July total was 28,476. That number is down by 221 from the total from July 2019.
Gordon County ended July with 26,797 employed residents. The number increased by 285 in July but was down 291 as compared to last year.
Initial claims for unemployment decreased by 19 percent in July. When compared to last July, claims were up by about 533 percent.
Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 470 active job postings in Gordon County for July.