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Heart of Georgia’s Labor Force Increased Over the Year

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’s labor force increased over-the-year.

“We are continuing to see an increase in the number of jobs available and very few actual reported layoffs through the WARN system, both good signs of an improving economy,” said Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler. “We must continue to work together to connect those seeking work with the many jobs available that offer stable salaries and competitive benefits.”

In Heart of Georgia, the unemployment rate increased in June to 4.8 percent, an increase of six-tenths percentage points. A year ago, the rate was 6.7 percent.

The labor force decreased in June by 1,230 to 117,717. That number is up 2,304 over-the-year.

Heart of Georgia ended June with 112,063 employed residents.  The number decreased by 1,923 in June but was up 4,388 as compared to last year.

Initial claims for unemployment increased by 7 percent in June. When compared to last June, claims were down about 80 percent.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 1,676 active job postings in Heart of Georgia for June.

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