Thursday, Apr. 27, 2023–11:02 a.m.
-Georgia Department of Labor-
Georgia Labor Commissioner Bruce Thompson said Thursday that Rome recorded an unemployment rate of 3.2 percent in March, down two-tenths of a percent over the month. A year ago, the rate was 3 percent.
In addition to consistently low unemployment numbers, Georgia Labor Commissioner Bruce Thompson celebrated 100 days in office on April 22, 2023. During this time, the commissioner’s administration has been laser-focused on modernizing the department’s UI system and operations, which will expedite claims and reduce fraud.
“This past week, our agency reached an important milestone – 100 days in office,” said Commissioner Bruce Thompson. “Although we continue enjoying record-low unemployment numbers and jobs at an all-time high, our team is laser-focused on meeting future demands. It’s not a matter of if claims will increase, but when. The agency’s new efficiency measures and progress toward modernization will ensure we are ready and well-positioned to help Georgians when they need it most.”
The labor force increased in Rome by 298 and ended the month with 45,566. That number rose by 1,772 when compared to March of 2022.
Rome finished the month with 44,087 employed residents. That number increased by 352 over the month and increased by 1,615 when compared to the same time a year ago.
Rome ended March with 44,300 jobs. That number increased by 200 from February to March and went up by 2,600 when compared to this time last year.
In March, initial unemployment claims decreased by 37 percent in Rome. When you compare March 2023 claims to March 2022, claims were up by about 57 percent.