Gov. Kemp Announces Record Low Unemployment

Gov. Kemp announced today that Georgia added more than 70,000 jobs during the last twelve months. This brings the number of Georgia jobs to 4.65 million, a record for Georgia, and unemployment at 3.2%, another record. 1 out of 7 of the new jobs included three critical areas: education and health services; leisure and hospitality; and trade, transportation, and utilities.

From a press release from the Governor’s office:

“It is a great time to be a Georgian,” said Governor Kemp. “These record-breaking numbers are a testament to what we all know to be true: Georgia is leading the nation in business-friendly government and workforce development. With momentum on our side, we will continue to invest in our citizens and ensure Georgia remains at the top.”

The state closed out 2019 with a record-breaking 4.97 million employed residents, which is an increase of nearly 47,000 from 2018.

Georgia’s workforce grew by nearly 18,000, reaching 5.13 million – another record high. By the year’s end, Georgia’s unemployment rate settled at 3.2 percent, which is down 3.7 percent from the previous year.

Read the Georgia Department of Labor’s full release here.

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Year GA job growth
2019 66,700
2018 <55,000
2017 69,400
2016 102,000
2015 112,900
2014 137,900
2013 88,800
2012 70,300

The reader can form their own conclusions with respect to the description of Georgia job growth and how it is trending since the second Obama term when the GOP described it with terms like "weak" and "tepid".