According to a press release, Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Brunswick posted positive jobs numbers in June, despite an increase in the unemployment rate. Brunswick’s three-county metropolitan statistical area posted increases in the labor force, number of employed and jobs, and all indicators remain positive for the year. During the month, the labor force grew faster than could be absorbed through hiring, causing the unemployment rate to rise. Butler remains confident about the overall job market. “The Georgia job market is very strong,” said Butler. “An uptick in the unemployment rate is common this time of year due to an increase in high school and college graduates entering the workforce.” The labor force saw typical gains in June as students and recent graduates sought summer employment. It grew by 685 to 54,860, a gain of 783 for the year. As a result, the June unemployment rate increased to 4 percent, up .6 percent from the previous month but down from 4.8 percent one year ago. Brunswick gained 500 jobs for the month, its total growing to 45,200. This puts Brunswick up 300 jobs for the year. The number of employed also increased in June, with Brunswick gaining 314 employed residents. At 52,646 total employed residents, Brunswick is up by 1,177 for the year. Initial claims for unemployment grew by about 1 percent for the month but are down by about 11 percent from last year. The three-county MSA includes Brantley, Glynn and McIntosh counties. Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 243 active job postings in metro Brunswick for June. Visit dol.georgia.gov to learn more.
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