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CONYERS — Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Rockdale County grew its labor force and number of employed residents in February.

Rockdale also posted monthly drops in labor force and employed residents in January. The unemployment rate fell in February.

“These early numbers look very solid,” Butler said. “We are seeing communities add workers and grow their labor force. It’s looking like we can expect a very productive year in terms of job creation and hiring.”

The unemployment rate inched up in early 2019. The rate climbed 0.9 percentage points in January but then fell by 0.7 percentage points in February, settling at 4.4 percent. A year ago, the rate was 4.9 percent.

Nationally, the rate for February was 3.8 percent.

The labor force fell in January by 235 and grew in February by another 77. The February total was 44,982. That number is down by 74 from the total from February 2018.

Rockdale County ended February with 43,008 employed residents. The number decreased by 619 in January and rose by 371 in February to drop by 248 over the two-month cycle.

The number of unemployment claims fell in February by 33 percent and were up in January by 31 percent. When compared to last February, claims were up by 6 percent.

In February, claims were down in trade and administrative/support services.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 447 active job postings in Rockdale County for February.

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.

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