Columbus Sees Rise in January Unemployment Rate
Friday, March 17th, 2023
Georgia Labor Commissioner Bruce Thompson said Thursday that Columbus recorded an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent in January, up eight-tenths of a percent over the month. A year ago, the rate was 4.2 percent. Due to seasonal factors from December to January, data that is not seasonally adjusted typically shows an increase in unemployment – a seasonal trend that happens each year.
“Despite a nationwide pandemic and challenging economic times, continued investments in Georgia’s labor force and thriving business community have kept our economy strong,” said Commissioner Bruce Thompson. “As labor commissioner, it is my No. 1 priority to help more Georgians get back to work and fill the jobs that our businesses need.”
The labor force increased in Columbus by 1,213 and ended the month with 123,174. That number went up by 2,002 when compared to January of 2022.
Columbus finished the month with 118,144 employed residents. That number increased by 166 over the month and went down by 2,033 when compared to the same time a year ago.
Columbus ended January with 123,800 jobs. That number went down by 500 from December to January and rose by 5,200 when compared to this time last year.
The number of unemployment claims went up by 113 percent in Columbus in January. When compared to last January, claims were up by about 19 percent.