Georgia’s unemployment rate remains below national average despite slight increase

Aaron Burrell

Georgia’s unemployment rate rose slightly last month but remained below the national rate, the state Department of Labor reported.

In May, Georgia’s jobless rate was 3.2%, compared to the national rate of 4.0%.

Other employment indicators improved last month. Jobs in Georgia increased by 0.2% to almost 5 million, a record high. The labor force grew to nearly 5.4 million, and the number of employed Georgians rose to more than 5.2 million, both all-time highs.

“Despite national economic challenges and inflation, Georgia’s businesses are creating more opportunities for hardworking Georgians,” said state Commissioner of Labor Bruce Thompson.

The job sectors with the largest gains in May were local government (3,200 jobs), accommodation and food services (2,700 jobs), and health care and social assistance (2,300 jobs).

On the downside, the state government sector lost 1,600 jobs, durable goods lost 1,500, and arts, entertainment, and recreation lost 1,300 jobs.

Initial unemployment claims fell by 7% to 20,034 in May compared to the previous month and declined by 16% compared to May of last year.

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