Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the Georgia Mountains region set a record in July for labor force and employed residents.
At the same time, the 13-county area saw its unemployment rate tumble and the labor force grow. All indicators remain positive for the year.
“Georgia continues to be in a period of sustained growth,” Butler said. “There are no indicators in July that Georgia’s growth is going to slow down anytime soon.”
The July unemployment rate fell to 3.4 percent – the lowest among all 12 regional commissions in Georgia. That’s down 0.2 percent from the previous month and down from 4.4 percent one year ago.
The labor force increased in July by 624 to reach 352,909 total members – a new record. The number has climbed by more than 9,300 over the past year, or about 775 a month.
Georgia Mountains region added 1,314 new employed residents in July, pushing its total to an all-time high 340,824. That number has grown by more than 12,200 over the past year, or about 1,000 per month.
Initial claims for unemployment grew by about 50 percent for the month but are down by about 6 percent for the year.
Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.comshowed 1,595 active job postings in metro Georgia Mountains region for July.
The Georgia Mountains region includes Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White counties.