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Heart of Georgia’s Unemployment Rate at All-Time Low

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Heart of Georgia registered an all-time low unemployment rate in July as the number of employed rose more than 450.   

“We are seeing positive labor market data across the state,” said Commissioner Butler. “The unemployment rate is down in every region, county, and metropolitan statistical area reflecting the strength of our state’s economy. Career opportunities remain high for job seekers as we continue to see rising jobs numbers in metro and rural areas throughout Georgia.”

In Heart of Georgia, the unemployment rate was down one and three-tenths percentage points to 3.5 percent over the month. A year ago, the rate was 6.9 percent.

The labor force decreased in Heart of Georgia by 1,153 and ended the month with 116,862. That number is up 2,642 when compared to July of 2020.


Heart of Georgia finished the month with 112,757 employed residents.  That number increased by 453 over the month and is up by 6,396 when compared to the same time a year ago.

The number of unemployment claims went down by 29 percent in Heart of Georgia in July. When compared to last July, claims were down by about 83 percent.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed about 976 active job postings in Heart of Georgia for July.

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