Georgia’s unemployment sets record low, jobs at all-time high

Georgia’s unemployment
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Georgia’s unemployment rate hit the lowest percentage in history in November at 3.3%, while the total number of jobs in the state set a record high of 4.64 million, state officials reported on Dec. 19.

The Georgia Department of Labor, which has been keeping records on employment data for 43 years, said the total number of jobs in Georgia also set a record high at 4.64 million and the number of employed Georgians achieved an historic high of 4.96 million.

Gov. Brian P. Kemp praised Georgia’s strong economy, which added 6,500 jobs in November. Job openings typically are stronger this time of year with seasonal workers being hired for the holidays, economists say. Many of the jobs are in retail, warehouse and delivery sectors.

“Thanks to strong, conservative leadership at the State Capitol, Georgia continues to grow and prosper,” said Kemp. “Unemployment rates are at historic lows, workforce participation is at an all-time high, and job creators have Georgia on their minds.”

Kemp credited small businesses and regional projects with the positive results.

“To keep Georgia the best place to live, work, and raise a family, we must support our small businesses, recruit projects of regional significance to our rural communities, and dismantle criminal street gangs so our families are safe from harm,” Kemp said. “By working together, we can ensure that Georgia’s best and brightest days are still to come.”


Georgia’s Unemployment Rate


Highest: 10.6% (Dec., 2010)

Lowest: 3.3% (Nov., 2019)

2015: 5.6%

2016: 5.3%

2017: 4.3%

2018: 3.7%

2019: 3.3%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics




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