Labor commissioner: Augusta's job growth rate more important than unemployment rate

A workforce matters more to a prospective employer than location and incentives.Georgia's labor commissioner, Mark Butler, told Augusta manufacturing representatives Wednesday that an able workforce is the message more common from prospects...

Georgia jobless rate declines to 6.3 percent

...the new unemployment rate for February. It was down from 7.3 percent in February 2014.State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the state hit a historic high for jobs in February, driving the unemployment number down.Butler said over-the-year...

Georgia's unemployment rate drops to 6.4 percent

...rate was down from a revised 6.6 percent in December and 7.3 percent in January 2014.State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said it was the seventh consecutive month that the rate declined.

Georgia jobless rate drops to 7.2 percent

...November.State officials say the new rate represents what they call a significant drop.State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said it's the largest monthly rate decline seen in Georgia since 1976.Georgia's unemployment rate remains above...

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...Labor Department said. It is the largest monthly rate decline seen in Georgia since 1976, state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said.Despite the decline, Georgia's unemployment rate is still higher than the national rate, which remained unchanged...

Georgia communities tout veterans in workforce sales pitch

...could be close enough to Fort Benning to attract veterans and their spouses, according to Clark.Labor Commissioner Mark Butler likes to quote a colonel who told him, "The military is a soft-skills factory. If you show up on time in the military...

Georgia jobless rate declines

...percent in September. It's also slightly below the 7.8 percent rate from a year ago.Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate declined as the state saw "extremely strong" job growth in October.Georgia's jobless rate remains...

Columbia County sample ballot

...T. "Ted" Metz-L STATE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTRichard L. Woods-RValarie D. Wilson-D COMMISSIONER OF LABORJ. Mark Butler-R*Robbin K. Shipp-D PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER(To succeed H. Doug Everett)Herman D. "Doug" Everett-R...

Local job seekers say work hard to come by

...the 2.8 percent in the lowest-ranked state, North Dakota.During a phone interview, Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler first questioned the accuracy of the unemployment rate data, which is compiled by a monthly survey of 1,400 households...

McDuffie County sample ballot

...T. "Ted" Metz-L State School SuperintendentRichard L. Woods-RValarie D. Wilson-D Commissioner Of LaborJ. Mark Butler-R*Robbin K. Shipp-D Public Service Commissioner (To succeed H. Doug Everett)Herman D. "Doug" Everett-R...