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Georgia’s Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged While Labor Force Reaches Record High


According to the Georgia Department of Labor, the state’s unemployment rate held steady at 3.4% in October. Notably, Georgia’s unemployment rate was five-tenths lower than the national unemployment rate. The state’s labor force set a new peak at 5,349,119, rising by 9,862 in October and by 116,549 over the past 12 months. The labor force participation rate rose to 61.6% – up 0.6% from the beginning of the year. The sectors with the most over-the-month job gains included Health Care and Social Assistance, Management of Companies and Enterprises, and Accommodation and Food Services. 

Here’s a full breakdown of October (2023) unemployment rates for each Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): 

  • Albany MSA – 4.0%
  • Athens-Clarke County MSA – 3.4%
  • Atlanta MSA – 3.4%
  • Augusta-Richmond County MSA – 3.8%
  • Brunswick MSA – 3.2%
  • Columbus MSA – 3.7%
  • Dalton MSA – 4.0%
  • Gainesville MSA – 2.7%
  • Hinesville MSA – 3.4%
  • Macon-Bibb County MSA – 3.9%
  • Rome MSA – 3.3%
  • Savannah MSA – 3.1%
  • Valdosta MSA – 3.8%
  • Warner Robins MSA – 3.3%

Georgia Supreme Court justices appear skeptical of Athens DA’s claim of open records exemption

In an upcoming ruling, Georgia’s Supreme Court will weigh in on a claim brought by Athens-Clarke District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez, arguing that top prosecutors are exempt from the state’s open records laws. The case involves assertions that the trial court overlooked a constitutional provision in denying Gonzalez’s motion to dismiss an open records complaint, mirroring similar immunity arguments made by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in a separate case related to the 2020 presidential election interference.

Georgia public colleges to expand admissions testing requirements for fall 2026

Georgia colleges are reverting to requiring standardized test scores for all new applicants, signaling a shift from pandemic-era policies. Beginning in fall 2026, institutions including Augusta University, The University of Georgia, and Georgia Tech will mandate SAT or ACT scores, a decision unanimously approved by the Georgia Board of Regents.

Water-hogging data centers flagged in latest ‘Dirty Dozen’ environmental watchdog report

In its annual report released on Thursday, the Georgia Water Coalition spotlighted the detrimental effects of record economic growth on the state’s waterways, particularly in the coastal region, where a surge in state-of-the-art data centers poses a significant threat to Georgia’s rivers. The report urges urgent action from public officials and residents to advocate for policies that safeguard natural resources crucial for clean drinking water and outdoor recreation, emphasizing the need for coordinated water planning to address mounting environmental pressures.