With the coronavirus pandemic loosening its grip a bit on Georgia, the unemployment picture continues to improve statewide, and that includes the Gainesville metro area.
In a report issued Thursday morning, Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the April unemployment rate for Gainesville-Hall County was 2.5%. In April 2020, the rate was 10.4%.
"We had another strong month in April," Butler said. “We saw the unemployment rate decrease in almost every MSA, along with an over the month and over the year decrease in initial claims for every MSA.”
Butler also released the following statistics about the Gainesville metro's employment picture for April:
- The labor force decreased by 261 and ended the month with 104,468; that number is up 4,898 when compared to April of 2020.
- Gainesville finished the month with 101,827 employed residents; that number decreased by 103 over the month and is up by 12,612 when compared to the same time a year ago.
- Gainesville ended April with 92,900 jobs, a decrease of 400 from March to April but an increase of 7,900 when compared to this time last year.
- The number of unemployment claims went down by 5% in Gainesville. When compared to last April, claims were down by about 93%.
Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed about 2,026 active job postings in metro Gainesville for April.