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Valdosta shows improved unemployment rates

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Valdosta Posts Positive Numbers Across the Board in February

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Valdosta saw positive over-the-month measures for every key indicator in February.

“February’s numbers are a strong indication the state is getting back to where it was prior to the pandemic,” said Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler. “Not only are we seeing growth for nearly every indicator in each MSA, but we are seeing the momentum start to switch in our favor. The unemployment rates are drastically dropping, the labor force numbers are gearing up, and most importantly, we are seeing initial claims decrease in almost every MSA.”

In Valdosta, the unemployment rate decreased by 0.7 percentage points in February, reaching 4.3 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.6 percent.

The labor force increased in Valdosta by 485 and ended the month with 66,162. That number is up 487 when compared to February of 2020.

Valdosta finished the month with 63,304 employed residents.  That number increased by 898 over the month and is up by three when compared to the same time a year ago.

Valdosta ended February with 55,800 jobs. That number increased by 500 from January to February and decreased by 1,000 when compared to this time last year.

The number of unemployment claims went down by 12 percent in Valdosta. When compared to last February, claims were up by about 504 percent.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed about 585 active job postings in metro Valdosta for February.

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DATA FOR THE METRO AREAS ARE ATTACHED. TABLES AND GRAPHS REFLECTING LABOR MARKET DATA ARE AVAILABLE AT https://dol.georgia.gov/current-labor-force-data-and-graphs

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