Macon Sees Rise in May Unemployment Rate

Staff Report

Friday, June 24th, 2022

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Macon recorded an unemployment rate of 3 percent in May, up two-tenths of a percent over the month. A year ago, the rate was 4.6 percent.

“Even though the labor force increased in all of our regions, counties, and metropolitan service areas, job postings continue to outpace those gains placing strain on employers to find talent for open positions,” said Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “Many areas across our state are experiencing difficulty in filling many of the seasonal, temporary jobs normally filled with summer workers, due to the opportunities in full-time employment.”

The labor force increased in Macon by 436 and ended the month with 103,541. That number is up 1,652 when compared to May of 2021.

Macon finished the month with 100,394 employed residents. That number increased by 161 over the month and is up by 3,180 when compared to the same time a year ago.

Macon ended May with 103,800 jobs. That number is up by 700 from April to May and increased by 4,700 when compared to this time last year.

The number of unemployment claims went up by 12 percent in Macon in May. When compared to last May, claims were down by about 80 percent.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed about 3,945 active job postings in Macon for May.