Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday the month of July was another "solid month" for Georgia and for the Gainesville metro, with Gainesville setting records for both labor force and employed residents.
Gainesville’s unemployment rate fell in July, decreasing by 0.2 percentage points to settle at 2.9 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.4 percent.
Rates fell across 12 of Georgia’s 14 MSAs.
Gainesville ended July with 96,300 jobs.The MSA lost 100 new jobs over the month but was up 4,200 jobs when compared to this time last year, according to Butler.
The labor force increased in July by 301 to reach 104,478. That number is up by 1,880 from the total of July 2018.
Gainesville ended July with 101,399 employed residents. The number climbed by 476 in July and was up by 2,275 over July 2018’s total.
The number of unemployment claims fell in July by 19 percent and were down by 41 percent from the same period last year.
The one-county MSA includes Hall County.
Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 697 active job postings in metro Gainesville for July.