Georgia’s Unemployment Rate Declines to 5.5% as 2016 begins

According to The Georgia Department of Labor, that state’s unemployment rate was down to 5.5 percent in December. The rate was 6.6 percent just one year ago, in December 2014.

“The rate dropped to its lowest level in nearly seven years as our employers continued to create jobs and hire more people,” says State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

Officials with the GDOL say the number of jobs over the entire year of 2015 rose by 91,100 or 2.2 percent. They break down this growth saying most came in professional and business services — 23,700; trade, transportation and warehousing — 17,500; leisure and hospitality — 13,000; education and health services — 12,900; construction — 8,100; manufacturing — 6,800; government — 5,800; and financial activities — 2,200.

GDOL also provides that initial claims for unemployment insurance saw an increase in 2015, due to an increase in temporary claims filed in various areas, which include temporary employment agencies. However, over the year, the overall number of claims was down by 9,601 or 16.7 percent.


Butler continues to encourage job seekers and employers to use the GDOL’s online job listing service, where 65,320 jobs throughout the state were posted in December.

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