December 26, 2019–7:51 a.m.
GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Rome tied its record low unemployment rate in November.
According to preliminary data, Rome also added jobs and employed residents across the one-county metropolitan statistical area (MSA).
“This November we had great job numbers across the board,” Butler said. “The state had an all-time low unemployment rate and many of our local communities set records too. Overall, it was quite a spectacular month when it comes to the jobs report.”
Nationally, the unemployment rate fell in November to 2.6 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage points. The nation also grew its labor force by 40,000, increased employment by 83,000 and added more 266,000 jobs
Georgia’s unemployment rate, meanwhile, fell in November by 0.1 percentage points to 3.3 percent. That rate is the lowest since the federal government began keeping records in 1976.
Rates fell across all 11 of Georgia’s 14 MSAs. Eleven set or tied a record for lowest rate ever.
In Rome, the unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points, tying an all-time low of 3.1 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.8 percent.
Rome ended November with 43,100 jobs. That number increased by 200 over the month and increased by 1,200 jobs when compared to the same time a year ago.
The labor force decreased in November by 30. The total was 44,682. That number is up by 569 from the total from November 2018.
Rome ended November with 43,293 employed residents. That number increased by 52 over the month and increased by 853 when compared to the same time a year ago.
The number of unemployment claims increased by about 42 percent in November. When compared to last November, claims were down by about 58 percent.
The MSA includes just Floyd County.