Columbus Sees All-Time Low Unemployment Rate

Monday, November 29th, 2021

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Columbus recorded an all-time low unemployment rate of 2.9 percent, down two-tenths of a percent over the month.  A year ago, the rate was 5.6 percent.

 "We are continuing to see all-time low unemployment rates across the state along with job growth in all of our statistical areas,” said Commissioner Mark Butler. “The focus now is getting more Georgians into the workforce to fill these critical positions, particularly as we gear up for a strong holiday employment season.”

The labor force increased in Columbus by 371 and ended the month with 121,325. That number is down 1,769 when compared to October of 2020.

Columbus finished the month with 117,824 employed residents.  That number increased by 640 over the month and is up by 1,900 when compared to the same time a year ago.

Columbus ended October with 119,300 jobs. That number increased 1,400 from September to October and increased by 1,900 when compared to this time last year.

The number of unemployment claims went down by 47 percent in Columbus in October. When compared to last October, claims were down by about 90 percent.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed about 3,640 active job postings in Columbus for October.

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