Jobless rate ticks up from May to June

July 26, 2019–5:40 a.m.


Unemployment rates in Northwest Georgia counties increased in June from the month before, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

The jobless rate in Floyd County was 4.1%, up from 3.6% in May.

It was 4.7% in June of last year.

Bartow County’s rate rose from 3.3% to 3.6% over the month, but it is still lower than the 4.2% reported in June of 2018.

Gordon County checked in at 3.7%, up from 3.2% in May but down from 4% in June of last year.

Chattooga County’s unemployment rate was 4% last month, up from 3.5% in May.

It was 4.2% this time last year.

Polk County was also at 4%, up from 3.7% in May but down from 4.6% In June of 2018.

Nationally, the unemployment rate inched up 0.1 percent points in June to reach 3.7 percent. Georgia’s rate dropped 0.1 percentage points to settle at 3.7 percent.  A year ago, Georgia’s unemployment rate sat at 3.9 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia added 20,200 jobs in June, pushing the total to 4.61 million jobs – a new record for the state. That number is up more than 80,000 from the same time last year.

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