Georgia Department of Labor

Athens Unemployment Numbers for October Remain Steady

Nov 27, 2017

Athens unemployment rate remained unchanged in October. According to the state Department of Labor, Athens’ rate in October rate was 4.1 percent, the same as September. Commissioner Mark Butler says the numbers don’t tell the whole story.

“The Athens area actually gained about 500 jobs during the month of October. And going along with that gain as we talk about the long-term job prospects with the Athens area, we’re continuing to see that long-term growth represented by a 4.3 percent increase in jobs over the last year.”

The State Labor Department says Georgia broke the 4.5 million jobs barrier in October, bouncing back from a job loss of 3,400 due to Hurricane Irma in September. The department released the numbers this week. Commissioner Mark Butler tells us what that means for the state.

Jobs are down slightly in the state due to Hurricane Irma’s impact on Coastal Georgia. State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says the storm caused Georgia’s job numbers to fall an unemployment claims to rise in September. Butler said a 240 percent jump for the month in the coastal region drove the state’s numbers to some degree.

"We saw jobs go down, just slightly, as a matter of fact it wasn’t even a one-tenth of a point decrease,” according to Butler. “It was about 500 jobs fewer than we had in the previous month.”

The Georgia Department of Labor and the Athens Career Center are holding a workshop for people trying reestablish themselves.

The workshop at the career center on Neely Drive is designed to help those who are re-entering the community. Topics include how to get started in getting back into the workforce, values, skills and abilities, and connecting with agencies providing assistance among others.  The information is for people including those on probation, TANF and SNAP recipients and those living in shelters.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said he’s been assured by U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta that assistance will be available for Georgians disrupted by Hurricane Irma.

Often after a natural disaster, companies are closed for days or weeks. When that happens, employees can lose income for extended periods.