Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Coastal Georgia saw positive over-the-month measures for every key indicator in February, the most recent month for data currently available.
“February’s numbers are a strong indication the state is getting back to where it was prior to the pandemic,” said Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler. “Not only are we seeing growth for nearly every indicator in each region and county, but we are seeing the momentum start to switch in our favor. The unemployment rates are drastically dropping, the labor force numbers are gearing up, and most importantly, we are seeing initial claims decrease in almost every region and county.”
In Coastal Georgia, the unemployment rate decreased by 0.6 percentage points, bringing the rate to 4.4 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.3 percent.
The labor force increased in February by 3,919. The February total was 341,710. That number is up by 1,229 from the total from February 2020.
Coastal Georgia ended February with 326,630 employed residents. The number increased by 5,705 in February but was down 2,529 as compared to last year.
Initial claims for unemployment decreased by 13 percent in February. When compared to last February, claims were up by about 459 percent.
The GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 6,497 active job postings in Coastal Georgia for February.