Georgia Ranked 6th in U.S. Job Growth


The state of Georgia is ranked sixth nationally for job growth, states the U.S.  Department of Labor

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also states the Capitol of the New South is ranked third in the Southeast in that same category.

With the creation of more 79,300 new jobs in the past 12 months, Georgia represents a strong 2.0 percent annual growth rate, which is higher than the nation’s average of 1.8 percent, GDoL said in a press release.

The numbers were released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Georgia also had solid over-the-month growth, ranking sixth in the nation and third in the Southeast. Georgia ranks in the top 10 states for percentage growth over the month. The number of jobs in Georgia totaled 4,132,900 in August, up from 4,053,600 in August 2013. The August-to-August job growth was the second largest in Georgia since 2005, GDoL said.

Georgia’s job gains came in several sectors, including computer system design, accounting, architectural and engineering, transportation and warehousing, retail trade, wholesale trade, construction of buildings, specialty trade contractors, ambulatory health care services, and hospitals.

States ranked ahead of Georgia and their job growth over the year include: Texas, 381,600 (3.4 percent); California, 292,700 (1.9 percent); Florida, 202,500 (2.7 percent); New York, 137,100 (1.5 percent); and North Carolina, 86,300 (2.1 percent).

The report follows a report released by the Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday that said Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 8.1 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 7.7 percent in July, the Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday.

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