Labor force Employment Number Rate
Newton 48,007 44,493 3,514 7.3
Rockdale 42,204 39,190 3,014 7.1
Newton 48,195 44,713 3,482 7.2
Rockdale 42,354 39,414 2,940 6.9
Newton 47,744 43,569 4,175 8.7
Rockdale 41,923 38,464 3,459 8.3
State labor officials say Georgia's jobless rate has dropped to 6.3 percent, its lowest mark since January 2008.
The Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday announced the new unemployment rate for February. It was down from 7.3 percent in February 2014.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the state hit a historic high for jobs in February, driving the unemployment number down.
Newton County was above that number for the last reported month, January 2015 with 7.3 percent. The unemployment rate for the county jumped slightly from 7.2 percent in December 2014. According to the Department of labor there were 3,514 of the 48,007-person labor force unemployed in January.
In January 2014, there were 4,175 Newton County residents, of a smaller labor force (47,744) unemployed for a rate of 8.7 percent.
Rockdale’s unemployment was up from December 2014 to January 2015 going from 6.9 percent to 7.1 percent. Of the 42,204-person labor force, 2,014 were unemployed in January.
Rockdale’s workforce is still in better shape than it was a year ago, with January 2014 unemployment having been 8.3 percent and 3,459 people out of work.
Butler said over-the-year state job growth has been the most seen in Georgia since Atlanta hosted the Olympic games in the summer of 1996.
Authorities said Georgia employers added 157,400 jobs since February 2014.