DOL: Rome Posts Positive Numbers Across the Board in March

April 22nd, 2021 – 5:50 AM

Georgia Department of Labor – 

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Rome saw positive over-the-month measures in almost every key indicator in March

“We had another strong month in March,” said Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler. “We saw the unemployment rate drop in every single MSA, along with an increase in jobs across the state and most importantly, a decrease in over-the-year initial claims for every MSA.”

In Rome, the unemployment rate decreased by 0.5 percentage points in March, reaching 3.7 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.7 percent.

The labor force increased in Rome by 74 and ended the month with 44,364. That number is up 326 when compared to March of 2020.

Rome finished the month with 42,732 employed residents.  That number increased by 283 over the month and is up by 316 when compared to the same time a year ago.

Rome ended March with 40,700 jobs. That number increased by 300 from February to March and decreased by 900 when compared to this time last year.

The number of unemployment claims went up by 27 percent in Rome. When compared to last March, claims were down by about 67 percent.

In Northwest Georgia, the unemployment rate decreased by 0.4 percentage points, bringing the rate to 3.3 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.5 percent.

The labor force increased in March by 1,661. The March total was 424,179. That number is down by 1,839 from the total from March 2020.

Northwest Georgia ended March with 410,048 employed residents.  The number increased by 3,220 in March and was down 1,271 as compared to last year.

Initial claims for unemployment increased by 15 percent in March. When compared to last March, claims were down by about 55 percent.

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