Columbus Sees an Increase in Jobs and the Labor Force in August

Friday, September 24th, 2021

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Columbus saw an increase in jobs over the month as the labor force also increased almost 100 in August.  

"Although we are seeing fewer unemployed individuals now than before the pandemic started, we are also still seeing a decreased total number of people in the workforce when compared to numbers recorded prior to the pandemic,” said Commissioner Mark Butler. “This will continue to cause a hiring crunch until we can attract more people back to the workforce to fill the record number of job openings.”

In Columbus, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.8 percent over the month. A year ago, the rate was 7.3 percent.

The labor force increased in Columbus by 96 and ended the month at 121,060. That number is up 1,628 when compared to August of 2020.

Columbus finished the month with 116,402 employed residents.  That number increased by 36 over the month and is up by 5,731 when compared to the same time a year ago.

Columbus ended August with 117,600 jobs. That number increased by 1,100 from July to August and increased by 1,500 when compared to this time last year.

The number of unemployment claims went down by 28 percent in Columbus in August. When compared to last August, claims were down by about 84 percent.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed about 3,189 active job postings in Columbus for August.

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