State Unemployment Down from 8.7% in August to 8.1% in October

November 22, 2013
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler

After what feels like an eternity, the Georgia Department of Labor has finally released updated unemployment statistics.

The last official report was released in September about the month of Augusts’ unemployment data, which came in at 8.7%.

According to State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, the partial government shutdown was the sole reason for the delay on the release of unemployment data.

Despite that, Butler said in the two month time frame since the last jobs report, there has been growth across the board in Georgia.

“The good thing about job creation the last two months is that it is pretty much through all sectors”, said Butler. “Last month we saw all the major sectors that we track gain jobs, and no body lost jobs in those sectors.”

Georgia’s unemployment rate decreased to 8.1% in October, which works out to about thirty thousand jobs over the last two months.

Butler feels that the state of Georgia can carry this momentum into the New Year.

“We’ve seen Georgia’s private sector really give a push in this last half of the year and provide jobs”, said Butler. “I think you will see that trend continue this year and push on into next year.”

The department of labor is expected to release the county by county unemployment numbers later this month.