Northwest Georgia’s Labor Force Increases in November

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Northwest Georgia’s labor force increased in November.

Additionally, Northwest Georgia saw a monthly increase in employed residents, and a monthly decrease for initial claims in November.

“In November, almost all regions and counties saw over-the-month growth in every key indicator,” said Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “Although the unemployment rate increased across the state, we have held consistently steady numbers in areas such as job growth and employment. We will continue to fill the jobs that are currently available, in order for us to move our economy back to where it was pre-pandemic.”

In Northwest Georgia, the unemployment rate increased by 0.8 percentage points, bringing the rate to 4.2 percent. A year ago, the rate was 2.8 percent.

The labor force increased in November by 4,746. The November total was 422,578. That number is up by 778 from the total from November 2019.

 Northwest Georgia ended November with 404,856 employed residents.  The number increased by 1,203 in November but was down 5,118 as compared to last year.

Initial claims for unemployment decreased by 40 percent in November. When compared to last November, claims were up by about 220 percent.

The GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 4,890 active job postings in Northwest Georgia for November.

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