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April 5-- Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the Heart of Georgia Region posted a February with many critical job measures trending in the right direction even though some were down for the month.   

Butler noted the annual number of employed residents and labor force both rose, even as monthly numbers declined. Meanwhile, monthly unemployment claims dropped and the unemployment rate fell.    

“While some of the monthly numbers are down,” Butler said, “the Heart of Georgia Region is still doing well long term. The critical indicators are improving over the past 12 months. I expect the Heart of Georgia Region to have a strong year just like the rest of the state.”

In February, the number of employed residents in the Heart of Georgia Region area, at 112,504, was down by 638 over the month and up by 1,909 for the year.

The Heart of Georgia Region labor force ended February at 119,053. That number is down 1,086 over the month and up 757 over the past 12 months.

At the same time, the jobless rate fell to 5.5 percent from 5.8 percent last month. A year ago, the jobless rate was 6.5 percent. Areas served by Georgia’s 12 regional commissions had unemployment rates that varied from a low of 3.8 percent in the Georgia Mountains to 5.7 percent in the River Valley region.

In the Heart of Georgia region, initial claims for unemployment were down about 74 percent for the month and about 12 percent for the year.

The Heart of Georgia region includes Appling, Bleckley, Candler, Dodge, Emanuel, Evans, Jeff Davis, Johnson, Laurens, Montgomery, Tattnall, Telfair, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne, Wheeler and Wilcox.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 563 new active job postings in metro Heart of Georgia Region for February.

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