Despite pandemic, Georgia sees lowest jobless rate ever

Published: Dec. 22, 2021 at 7:35 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Despite the pandemic, Georgia’s unemployment rate is the lowest it has ever been in recorded history. Not only that, but labor officials say more people are employed now than even before the pandemic.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says this trend in low unemployment is due to more people leaving the workforce altogether and also more jobs being available than ever before.

The number of jobs open in Georgia right now is more than the number of people to fill them. The labor commissioner says employers need more people looking for jobs because it’s having an impact on small businesses.

One local restaurant owner we spoke to says they are almost back to being fully staffed, but he still has some open positions. And it’s something many restaurants are battling.

“Everybody else needs the same thing, every other restaurant that I’ve seen have a help wanted sign out, so everybody is vying for the same pool of people,” said Peter Garland, owner of Ruth’s Family Restaurant.

Garland says he is still looking for three employees – a cook, server and a dishwasher – to fill positions that have been vacant for nearly two years.

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