Published: Fri, March 24, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Georgia's Jobless Rate Fell to 5.3 Percent in February

Georgia's Jobless Rate Fell to 5.3 Percent in February

Georgia's labor participation rate for February increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 63 percent, which is tied with the national rate. Slenker also said the January unemployment rate is in line with the figure seen two years ago. The rate for metro Atlanta in January 2015 was 5.2 percent.

"This month's report marks a new peak in jobs and the labor force in Massachusetts", Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald Walker said in a statement.

In February, the number of employed workers in Georgia increased by 21,181. Meanwhile, it was expected to remain stable at 8.6 percent. It's a difference of 800 jobs, suggesting that CT is showing a net gain of 4,900 for the year.

Over-the-month, both initial claims and weeks claims decreased by 16.6% and 5% respectively in February 2017. Most of the increase in claims came in manufacturing, administrative and support services, along with trade, transportation and warehousing, construction, accommodations and food services and arts, entertainment and recreation, the data shows.

"Our unemployment rate fell as Georgia set new record highs for the number of people employed and for the size of our labor force, which crossed the 5 million mark for the first time", said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

MA employers added 10,100 jobs in February, with the largest gains coming in the state's stalwart industries: education and health services; professional, scientific and business services; construction, and information services.

The lowest jobless rate in the state was in Mercer County at 3.9 percent. This represents a strong 3.7 percent growth rate.

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