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June 28-- Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the Heart of Georgia region posted across-the-board positive numbers for the month of May. 

The area saw a drop in the unemployment rate and increases in labor force and the number of employed residents.

“Georgia’s economy remains very strong,” said Butler. “Across the board, the state’s numbers are very positive for the year and many areas continue to set records.”

The number of employed residents in the region grew to 113,168. This represents an increase of 1,167 for the month and an increase of 1,196 for the year.

In May, the unemployment rate in the Heart of Georgia region fell 0.2 percent to 4.3 percent, down from 5.5 percent a year ago. The rates vary from a low of 2.9 percent in the Georgia Mountains to 4.5 percent in the River Valley region.

The Heart of Georgia labor force ended May at 118,240. That number is up 939 over the last month but down 276 over the last year. 

In the Heart of Georgia region, initial claims for unemployment were down by about 6 percent for the month and down about 8 percent overall 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, Wilcox

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 530 active job postings in the Heart of Georgia region for May.

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