GA job creation booms; except in two metro areas

GA job creation booms; except in two metro areas
(Source: Raycom Media)

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - Employment and labor force numbers continued to grow in November and unemployment insurance claims fell overall in Georgia, according to a release issued today by State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

The state's unemployment rate remained unchanged at an already low 4.3 percent.

Athens led the state in job creation, at +4.8% while Macon and Albany lagged far behind, losing .2% and .3% respectively. (See the chart below)

Butler said 2017 has been a banner job year for Georgia, after shaking off the effects of Hurricane Irma.

"After lower October job numbers due to the storm, this month sees the state getting back to normal - that 'normal' being Georgia continuing to be a national leader in employment and job creation," Butler said. "As the year comes to a close, Georgia's businesses continue to help Georgia set records in job growth and employment."

The number of employed residents rose by 6,385 to 4,871,948 - the highest number ever recorded. From November a year ago, the number of employed residents was up by 170,267. Likewise, the labor force rose to 5,093,395 in November, setting yet another record. It is up by 119,462 since November 2016.


"We did see a significant increase in employment, which is the most important number now," Butler said. "We've had such a good year that it seems every month we set another series of records."

Georgia again set a record for total jobs in the state at 4,513,300 jobs in November, up by 2,900 from a revised 4,510,400 in October. That record was accompanied by record numbers of jobs in professional and business services, education and health services and leisure and hospitality.

Over the past 12 months, Georgia has posted 85,200 new jobs, a 1.9 percent growth rate. At 1.9 percent, Georgia is outpacing the national job growth rate of 1.4 percent.

Job growth came mostly in professional and business services, 22,600; education and health services, 16,400; trade, transportation and warehousing, 15,100; and leisure and hospitality, 13,900.

With a loss of 5,100 jobs, manufacturing was the only major employment sector to suffer an annual job loss.

November's unemployment claims were also down by 9.9 percent to 24,364. There were fewer temporary claims filed in manufacturing. When compared to last November, claims were down by 11.2 percent from 27,434.

"Overall everything is trending the way we'd like to see it go for Georgia," Butler said.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL's online job listing service showed 55,465 new active job postings in Georgia for November.

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