As we get into 2018, let’s not forget how strong 2017 was for jobs in Georgia. Recently released numbers show many Georgians had a great year, as Georgia businesses created more than 83,000 jobs, while unemployment dropped 1.1 percent.
Georgia’s Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler told the Macon Telegraph that 2017 was a year of success in many ways.
"Over the year every major measurement improved considerably,” he said. “In fact, we set records in several areas such as jobs, employment and work force."
That doesn’t mean everything was great. In fact, one of the “better” signs of the economy still points to how much work there is to be done by those in the workforce development field.
Last year saw the lowest number of unemployment claims since 1997—325,597—yet that still means that more than a quarter million Georgians needed unemployment insurance.