FILE - GA Mark Butler 7-18-2019

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

Georgia added a record number of jobs in July while its unemployment rate slipped, according to the state's labor department.

As companies like Amazon and Preci-Dip select Georgia as prime property, the state added 3,400 jobs last month. Those jobs bring the total number of jobs in Georgia so far to about 4.7 million for the year. That’s nearly 75,000 more than the same time last year. 

The employment rate dropped down by 0.1 to 3.6 percent, right below the national average of 3.7, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

“It seems like we are setting a record for jobs almost every month,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “I’d like to see the labor force start climbing. But we are creating jobs and people continue to get those jobs. Overall, I’m pleased with how Georgia did in July.”

Georgia has seen around 13 percent employment growth over the past five years, according to a GoBanking report released recently. Since January, the unemployment rate has fluctuated between 3.8 and 3.9 percent, but it dipped to 3.7 percent in June then followed the same pattern in July.

“Georgia has consistently done as well or better than the national economy,” said Butler.

The state labor force has seen steady growth since 2016. Professional, education, health, construction, leisure and hospitality were the major contributing jobs to the state’s annual count. Most jobs were in the professional and business field which also accounts for the job growth in July with 1,800 new positions. Trade, transportation and utility jobs came second with 1,000 jobs.

The mega distributing company Amazon, manufacturers Preci-Dip, General Electric and Stitch Fix, and grocery giant Kroger announced plans for new facilities in the state in July.

EmployGeorgia.com recorded about 66,000 job postings in July. The metropolitan Atlanta added the most jobs with 2.8 million last month. Yet, Gainesville saw the biggest job increase with more than 96,000 -- a nearly 5 percent jump from last year.

On the not-so-bright side, 1,000 jobs were lost in July and unemployment claims rose by 51 percent. The state still faired 6 percent better than last July in the number of claims.

The job market has already acquired a couple of bonuses in August.

Last week, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine held its grand opening in Moultrie, Ga. Glass container manufacturing company, Arglass Yamamura, LLC announced its plan for a new facility in Valdosta, GA that is slated to employ 150 people.

Gov. Brian Kemp called Arglass Yamamura another addition to Georgia’s “success story” in a statement after the announcement.

“With our highly-trained workforce, unmatched logistics network, and pro-business climate, the Peach State has solidified its reputation as a top competitor for manufacturing investment in recent years,” said Kemp.

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Nyamekye Daniel has been a journalist for three years. She was the managing editor for the South Florida Media Network and a staff writer for The Miami Times. Daniel's work has also appeared in the Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and The New York Times.