May 16, 2019–8:29 a.m.
GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says Georgia’s unemployment rate continued to fall in April.
The rate was down by one-tenth of a percent, checking in at 3.8%.
At the same time, claims for unemployment insurance were down when compared to last April.
However, Georgia’s job total fell by 14,900 in April.
“You see this happen from time to time,” Butler said. “Monthly numbers fluctuate. But all the trends look good.”
Rome went against the statewide trend, by adding 200 jobs from March to April, bringing the total to 900 since April of last year.
Taking a look at first-time claims for unemployment insurance, in Floyd County there were 433 in April, up from 344 in March and 158 in April of last year.
Bartow County had 180 claims, down from 221 the month before and 187 this time last year.
Gordon County reported 101 initial claims, down from 268 over the month. There were 126 in April of last year.
Chattooga had 22, up from 26 March but down from 34 in April 2018.
Polk was down over the month, from 141 to 131 but up from the 116 last year.