The latest unemployment numbers show the percentage of working Bartow County residents has been increasing for eight consecutive years.
Bartow saw its annual unemployment rate decrease for an eighth straight year if the Georgia Department of Labor does not change the county's December preliminary unemployment rate.
The county’s 2018 average was 3.5 percent based on the recent release of the county’s preliminary December jobless rate for Bartow, according to information from the state labor department.
After increasing more than 5 percent between 2008 and 2010, annual unemployment in Bartow dropped more than 8 percent in the following eight years -- from 12.2 percent in 2010 to 3.5 percent in 2018, the state labor department reported.
Bartow County’s annual unemployment rate is now at or below the statewide average for the fifth consecutive year.
Before 2014, Bartow had been above the statewide average annually for 14 years, according to state labor department records.
The county’s population grew 5 percent between 2010 and 2017, from 100,614 to 105,054. But the number of county residents employed in that time period increased 13 percent from 42,007 to 47,468, according to U.S. Census Bureau and latest state labor statistics.
Almost 7,000 more Bartow County residents were employed and almost 4,200 fewer residents were unemployed in November of this year compared to the 2010 average.
The number employed in November totaled almost 49,000, compared to an average of 42,000 in 2010. Bartow Countians unemployed in November totaled 1,583, compared to an average of 5,830 unemployed in 2010.