This week, Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced Georgia’s unemployment rate fell to 3.4%, matching the lowest percentage since 1976. Additionally, Georgia set a record number for total jobs in the state at 4.64 million. Since 2010, Georgia has added 805,000 jobs.
“It is a great time to be a Georgian,” said Governor Brian P. Kemp. “Unemployment rates are at historic lows, job totals are breaking records, and Georgia Made businesses are hiring. From our ports and first-class infrastructure network to a nation-leading workforce, Georgia is on the minds of companies around the world. As the top state for business for the seventh consecutive year, we are proud to see Georgia-grown, private-sector companies expanding across the Peach State and investing in their local communities.
“These record-breaking numbers reaffirm that we cannot take our foot off the gas. In the months to come, we will roll out a rural economic development strike team to focus on attracting regional projects to all corners of Georgia. We will redouble our efforts through our university and technical college systems and Georgia QuickStart to supply the workforce necessary to meet the demands of the marketplace.
“Most of all, we will continue to work around the clock to ensure Georgia remains the best state in which to live, work, and raise a family. I applaud Commissioner Butler and the Georgia Department of Labor for their hard work over the years to reach this historic milestone.”