ATLANTA — Georgia’s unemployment rate fell to 3.7% last month, the lowest it’s been since the coronavirus pandemic began in March of last year.

The state added 43,600 jobs in July, while the labor participation rate was 61.7%, the same as the national rate.

Georgia and other Republican-led states cut off federal unemployment benefits in June, three months before those programs created during the pandemic are due to expire, a move that drew criticism from Democrats and labor advocates.

Since then, the state has added nearly 84,000 jobs and seen a 300% increase in the number of employed Georgians, state Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler said Thursday.

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“We are seeing all-time high job numbers in many sectors,” he said. “The job market is saturated with opportunities for job seekers, and we are working to connect employers with candidates for long-term employment.”

The job sectors accounting for the most gains last month were accommodations and food services, the sector hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with 15,200 listings. The administrative and support services sector was next with 7,100.

There are more than 192,000 job openings listed online at Employ Georgia from a wide variety of sectors. In many cases, employers are willing to train quality candidates and help them obtain additional credentials.

For more information on jobs and current labor force data, visit the Georgia Labor Force Market Explorer website.

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I filed an appeal in August 2020 and still have not heard anything from from your department, 1 year have gone by and no one has had the common courtesy to contact me or send me a message.

I have sent 12 certified letters, 15 faxes and 25 emails. This is ridiculous, every number you call either have you on hold for over an hour and then hangs up or simply says no agent is available. I left messages on the so called voicemail and no one has return the call.  

I will be contacting every new station, social media platform to get help, this is ridiculous and unacceptable. This show that your department does not cate about the well being of people and that's a shame especially during a pandemic.

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