Unemployment down year over year for Newton, Rockdale

ATLANTA — Unemployment improved year over year in June for Newton and Rockdale but is up since last month, according to preliminary data released by the Georgia Department of Labor.

Newton’s unemployment rate was 10.3 percent in June, down from 10.8 percent the same time last year, but a 1 percent increase since May.

Newton’s labor force is reported at 48,977, with 5,061 unemployed.

Rockdale’s unemployment rate was 9.7 percent in June, down one percent from a year ago. However, it increased from 9 percent in May.

Rockdale’s labor force is reported at 42,196, with 4,083 unemployed.

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 8.6 percent in June. The rate was up three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.3 percent in May, but it was down five-tenths of a percentage point from 9.1 percent in June a year ago.

“The rate increased primarily because of two factors that occur this time of year,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “A large number of education workers are unemployed during the summer and new graduates are considered unemployed until they find a job.”

The seasonal impact on the unemployment rate was compounded because Georgia lost 600 jobs and the number of people in the labor force declined by 1,341.

“There is a silver lining in this new data because this was the best May-to-June job performance we’ve had since 2002, ” Butler continued. “And, if you factor out the loss of 10,000 government jobs and just look at the private sector, we would have actually gained 9,400 jobs last month because our private sector employers continue to hire.”

The number of jobs declined slightly to 4,043,500, down from 4,044,100 in May. State and local government education services lost 12,700 jobs, the most of any sector. However, some industries added workers. Those increases came in professional and business services; leisure and hospitality; construction and financial services; and manufacturing and other services.


dennistay53 2 years, 4 months ago

Sorry I don't see no silver lining in 10.3 percent reported unemployment in Newton County.


Citizen19 2 years, 4 months ago

Oh but wait Baxter will be bring us more jobs and a greater tax base!! I think not! What about the under employeed or those who have just stopped looking? If we continue to waste what little money we have on base ball parks and Cow Palaces we will have nothing left to maintain what we need!


John 2 years, 4 months ago

The Baxter Internation project wiil do littel to help NC employment in the near term, unless thosee folks, thatt are involved with the contruction are from NC and the "projected' opening is in 2017, if all goes as planned, Additionally, as published in the Newton Citizen the estimated average income/employee of $60K/year is a good indication that most people hired will need to have "special" skill/education//experience, etc to be hired. Current unemployment rate is a NOW issue and has been a now issue since 2007/8 (I say since mid 2007). A new restaurant here or there helps a little but won't fix the near term issue, -too many companyies with significant employment number have either left NC, shut down or expanded in other surrounding counties. Even with this CNG filling station project, it seems to be suggested that "existing" employees will be used and not being a 24/ 7/365 operation it will not capitialize on all those over the road travelers (big rig & such) on I-20. and the pay back may be much longer than projected or not at all when one takes into consideration what the the change will be in the resale values of retired CNG fuel vehicle vs retired gas or diesel fuel vechicles - certainly a key factor even with the relatively small fleet size in NC & C of C.


dennistay53 2 years, 4 months ago

You're right on it John. By the time Baxter get's up and running no telling what the unemployment rate will be. To many people think this will be a Newton Company hiring Newton Citizens but this will be an area company and the hires from Newton will be minimum for reasons John mentions. The employment from Newton will never match up to the percentage of giveaways from Newton's taxpayers. Looks like the experts from Newton that were involved in these Newton incentives could at least gotten some promise of hire numbers coming from Newton.


KmbrlyDvs 2 years, 4 months ago

2017 is a long wait for a job. What about now? I'd like to see a scale of the "under-employed" since corporations don't want to pay what people are worth and it's hard to find a good paying job under the "mom and pop" companies that offer decent, affordable insurance. Ugh.


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