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Georgia’s Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged While Labor Force Reaches Record High

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According to the Georgia Department of Labor, the state’s unemployment rate held steady at 3.4% in October. Notably, Georgia’s unemployment rate was five-tenths lower than the national unemployment rate. The state’s labor force set a new peak at 5,349,119, rising by 9,862 in October and by 116,549 over the past 12 months. The labor force participation rate rose to 61.6% – up 0.6% from the beginning of the year. The sectors with the most over-the-month job gains included Health Care and Social Assistance, Management of Companies and Enterprises, and Accommodation and Food Services. 

Here’s a full breakdown of October (2023) unemployment rates for each Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): 

  • Albany MSA – 4.0%
  • Athens-Clarke County MSA – 3.4%
  • Atlanta MSA – 3.4%
  • Augusta-Richmond County MSA – 3.8%
  • Brunswick MSA – 3.2%
  • Columbus MSA – 3.7%
  • Dalton MSA – 4.0%
  • Gainesville MSA – 2.7%
  • Hinesville MSA – 3.4%
  • Macon-Bibb County MSA – 3.9%
  • Rome MSA – 3.3%
  • Savannah MSA – 3.1%
  • Valdosta MSA – 3.8%
  • Warner Robins MSA – 3.3%