According to the Georgia Department of Labor’s unemployment insurance initial claims for Bartow, there were 348 filings in November, which is six filings higher than October’s number of 342. Both months, though, are lower than November 2012’s 471 filings.
Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Joe Frank Harris Jr. said he believed the Buy Bartow campaign played a role in reducing the unemployment numbers in addition to the economic development the county has seen.
“Any time that you try to take care of your neighbor and deal with local merchants, I perceive that the whole attitude of the community is up because everyone is working together and we realize we really count on each other. Whether you’re a large business or small business, we’re all in this together,” he said.
Georgia’s unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent in November, according to a GDOL press release. That number is down from 8.1 percent in October and an entire percentage point from 8.7 percent in November 2012. The release also noted that 7.7 percent is the lowest unemployment rate Georgia has seen since November 2008, when it was 7.6 percent.
“The rate is down because of strong job growth and a very good drop in new claims for unemployment insurance benefits,” State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in the release. “The number of new jobs is the best October to November growth since 2007 and the number of new claims is the lowest for any months since September 2007. Both of these numbers pre-date the recession.”
Jobs increased by 19,500 from 4,076,000 in October to 4,095,500 in November, according to the release. Trade, transportation and warehousing contributed to the growth with 14,700 new jobs. Additional growth came from government with 2,000 jobs; 1,700 in financial services; 1,500 each for construction, education and healthcare; 1,000 jobs in manufacturing; 900 in information services and 100 in other services.
Layoffs were down by 15.8 percent, as represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance, the release stated. October had 40,132 layoffs while November had 33,781, with claims coming from manufacturing, scientific and technical services, administrative and support services, retail, health care and social assistance, transportation and warehousing and construction. In 2012, Georgia saw 47,351 claims for November.
Although the unemployment numbers showed some improvement, Harris said he looked forward to the day when everyone in Bartow County has a job. In the meantime, he said he wanted to see the community continue to work together for economic development.
“We realize that we’re being blessed. We see all the growth coming in, but it’s still important to take care of each other,” he said. “I can speak for just myself that it really lifted my spirits and my belief in my fellow man to see that we can all make a difference.”