State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler called 2017 “a banner year” for job creation and employment in Carroll County.

The county ended the calendar year with 1,598 more employed residents, 979 more people in the workforce, and an unemployment rate down 1.2 percent, according Labor Department statistics.

“This is a very good year for the Carroll County area,” Butler said last week. “All of the major indicators trended in the right direction. I’m expecting the same will continue in 2018.”

The county also added 100 more employed residents last month, according to the Labor Department. Carroll ended 2017 with 52,746 employed residents, up from 51,148 on last Jan. 1.

Carroll’s labor force, the number of residents with jobs and those unemployed but actively looking for work, grew by 76 in December. The area posted a labor force total of 55,179 at year’s end.

In December, 245 initial claims for unemployment insurance were filed, up by 17 percent from the previous month. From December 2016, initial claims are down by 23 percent.

Meanwhile, Carroll ended 2017 with a 4.4 percent unemployment rate, a drop of 1.2 percent over the 12-month cycle. The December rate fell .1 percent from the previous month.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 492 new active job postings in Carroll County at year’s end.


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