“The last time the rate was this low or lower was in July 2008 when it was 6.2 percent,” he said.
Though the rate was flat over the month, initial claims for jobless benefits were up 144 in Paulding, Ard said. A total of 345 initial claims were filed in November and 489 initial claims in December, he said. Paulding industries including manufacturing, construction, and accommodation and food services saw initial jobless filings increase over the month, he said. From November to December, the number of employed Paulding County residents grew by 300 -- from 67,976 in November to 68,276 in December. The number of unemployed residents grew by 74, from 4,533 to 4,607. December’s jobless rate was a significant decrease from December 2012 when Paulding’s unemployment was 8.1 percent.
However, almost the same number of initial benefits claims, 487, was filed that month. In addition, more than 1,100 additional Paulding residents were in the labor force, and 1,300 more residents were listed as unemployed, in December 2012 compared to December 2013.
In the 28-county metro Atlanta area, which includes Paulding County, a total of 6,700 seasonal jobs were added in wholesale and retail trade and transportation and warehousing, Ard said.
Metro Atlanta’s December unemployment rate was 6.8 percent, higher than Paulding’s 6.3 percent. The statewide rate was 7.2 percent.
Neighboring counties’ December rates ranged from Cobb at 6.1 percent, to Carroll at 8.5 percent.