Georgia Department of Labor

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.

Athens Unemployment Rate Down in July

Aug 24, 2017

The unemployment rate in Athens dropped in July. The 5.1 percent figure was one-tenth a percentage point lower than in June. The Georgia Department of Labor released the results today. Commissioner Mark Butler says the over-the-year numbers were up for Athens.

"When we take a look at the over-the-year job growth in Athens, the area is showing very strong job growth with almost a three percent increase over the last 12 months,” according to Butler. “Which means, in raw numbers, about 2600 more jobs today than we had this same time last year.”

The Georgia Department of Labor will host two job search workshops in Athens next month.  It’s part of the agency’s efforts to help people move successfully from prison or probation into the workforce. The workshops for returning citizens in Athens take place Friday, September 8, from 10-11:30 am at the career center. A second will take place at the same time and location on Friday, September 22.