|Mark Butler | Commissioner||David Bennett | Director of Communications|
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Sept. 21, 2017
Employment up, unemployment rate down in Georgia Mountains in August
ATLANTA – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that the Georgia Mountains area’s unemployment and jobs picture looked bright in August.
Butler said Wednesday that in August the unemployment rate was just 4.1 percent, unemployment claims fell and job growth continued to climb.
“The August numbers show the Georgia Mountains’ economy and outlook for employment remains healthy,” said Butler.
The August unemployment rate was down from 4.4 percent in July. A decline of 812 in the labor force contributed to the decline in the monthly rate which can be attributed to school age workers returning to their educational institutions. The August rate compares favorably to last August when the rate was 4.9 percent.
Unemployment claims were down by 32.9 percent to 1,047 – another good sign for the Georgia Mountains’ economy. Claims were down in manufacturing. Over the year, claims were down by 28.9 percent from August 2016.
There were 12,798 more area residents employed than in August 2016.
“Georgia continues to be one of the leaders in job creation and employment,” Butler said. “It’s great to see our employers continue to create jobs, and Georgians going back to work.”.
Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 2,526 new active job postings in the Georgia Mountains region for August.
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Fannin County Middle School 8th grade teams have announced Students of the Month for August. Students are chosen by their academic teachers for this distinction. Qualifications for this honor include outstanding citizenship, good attendance, respectfulness toward faculty and peers, and a good academic standing.
Students chosen for August are: Leah Pope, daughter of Michael & Janene Pope of Blue Ridge; Seth Reece, son of Charles & Karen Reece of Morganton; Annabel Lillard, daughter of David & Melissa Lillard of Blue Ridge; and A.J. Covey, son of Anthony & Colleen Covey of Blue Ridge.
Students L to R:
A.J. Covey, Annabel Lillard, Leah Pope, and Seth Reece