By Meagan Hurley
According to the Georgia Department of Labor, Pickens County unemployment rates have dropped significantly over the past year, and have slightly decreased in the past month.
As of June, the Pickens County labor force was at 14,170, with 13,236 employed and 934 unemployed. But just a year ago in June 2013, the labor force was at a lower 14,106, with
13,030 citizens employed and 1,076 people unemployed. The unemployment rate was at 7.6 percent then, while it has now remained at 6.6 for the past two months this year. The labor force for Pickens county in May was 14,199, with 13,261 people employed and 938 unemployed.
The Pickens County unemployment rate in June at 6.6 percent was more than a percentage point lower than the state of Georgia as whole at 7.9 percent.
June numbers also revealed that the Northwest Georgia unemployment rate was at 7.7 percent regionwide, up four-tenths of a percentage point since May. The rate was 8.9 percent in June a year ago for Northwest Georgia, the region where Pickens is grouped for labor statistics.
The Georgia Department of Labor maintains that: “The rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and a rise in the labor force as graduates and students entered the job market.”
They also state that the labor force grew by 890, up to 406,083 from 405,193 in May.