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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Georgia county unemployment jumps in March with 55 counties posting increases in the number of unemployed persons by 25% or more

Number of unemployed people in Georgia, not seasonally adjusted
Unemployment rates rose in March in 156 of Georgia’s 159 counties compared to a year earlier.

Two south central Georgia counties posted the highest unemployment rates in the state. Telfair County posted a March unemployment rate of 10.8%, up from 5.3% in March 2019, followed by nearby Wheeler County at 9%, which rose from 5.6% in the prior year.

Statewide, Georgia recorded an unemployment rate of 4.3%, before seasonal adjustment, up from 3.6% a year earlier. Over the past 12 months, the number of unemployed people in the state rose by 40,795 (+22.3%).

The counties recording the lowest unemployment rates in Georgia included Oconee County (3.2%) in the Athens metro area, Hall County (3.4%) in the Gainesville metro area, and Jackson County (3.4%), which has a number of residents working in the Atlanta and Athens metro areas.

In 55 of Georgia’s 159 counties, the number of unemployed persons increased by 25% or more in March compared to a year earlier. In 44 other counties, the number of unemployed increased by 20-24.9% compared to a year ago.

The number of unemployed persons declined in only one county – Terrell County – which posted an unemployment rate of 5.1% compared to 5.4% last year. Talbot County showed no change in the number of unemployed people residing in its county and no change in its unemployment rate at 4.9%.

Counties recording the largest increases in unemployed persons over the past 12 months were all in the Atlanta metro area and included Fulton (+4,789), Gwinnett (+3,427), DeKalb (+3,342), Cobb (+2,965), and Clayton (+1,527). 

Chatham County in the Savannah metro area posted an over-the-year unemployment increase of 1,150 people.