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Georgia's Unemployment Rate Dropping Slowly

Mar 9, 2017

Georgia's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in January was 5.5 percent, according to the state's Department of Labor.

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That's down only one-tenth a point from the same time a year ago.

But state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Georgia companies added more positions, and more people entered the work force.

“We’re showing right at 115,000 more jobs this January than we had in the previous year, so that’s a very strong number,” he said.

According to the DOL, Georgia gained 6,500 jobs in January 2017, that's nearly twice as many jobs gained in January 2016.

“When you’re getting down around 5.5 percent, you’re starting to see the labor markets tighten up, more and more people come back into the labor force,” said Kennesaw State economics professor Roger Tutterow .

He says most of Georgia's 14 metropolitan areas now have more people working then they did since before the Great Recession.