The DOL also reported that Floyd County lost 900 jobs as compared to September of last year. The state report showed 37,700 jobs in Floyd County last month as opposed to 38,600 in September of 2010.
The only other county in the immediate Rome area that saw a decline in first time claims from August to September, was Chattooga, which dropped from 103 claims in August to 81 in September.
Bartow County claims jumped by 159 from August to September. Gordon County saw an increase of 185 new claims. Polk County was up a modest 45. Catoosa was up by 61, Walker County was up 156 claims and Whitfield County was up by 393 from August to September.
Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Director Heather Seckman was pleased that Floyd County registered a decline but said 799 first-time claims is still a “staggering number.”
Seckman said F-P Pigments Oy is hiring, and another existing company, which she would not identify, would be coming before the Rome-Floyd County Development Authority in November and is expected to add another 25 jobs.
The DOL issued $936,562 in unemployment benefits to Floyd County citizens in September. The average weekly jobless benefit amount was $223.04.
The Labor Department reported that 118 Floyd County residents exhausted their regular unemployment benefits from the state in September.