Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Rome added jobs again in April.
According to preliminary data, Rome also managed to lower the unemployment rate across the one-county metropolitan statistical area (MSA).
“Georgia’s economy continues to be strong,” Butler said, “In April we saw several communities set records for jobs and others set records for lowest unemployment rate. Typically, we see gains through the summer as well.”
The unemployment rate fell 0.7 percentage points in April, reaching 3.2 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.9 percent.
Rome ended April with 42,400 jobs. That’s an increase of 200 jobs over the month and an increase of 900 jobs when compared to the same time a year ago.
The labor force decreased in April by 312. The total was 44,175. That number is down by 127 from the total from April 2018.
Rome ended April with 42,747 employed residents. That number stayed flat over the month and increased by 154 when compared to the same time a year ago.
The number of unemployment claims increased by about 27 percent in April. When compared to last April, claims were up by about 168 percent.
The metropolitan statistical area includes just Floyd County.
Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.comshowed about 553 active job postings in metro Rome for April.