Gainesville’s unemployment numbers were released Thursday morning for the month of December. The unemployment rate went up three-tenths of a percent over the month. The rate was 1.8 percent compared to 3.8 percent a year ago. Despite the increase, Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says Gainesville saw all-time highs in the labor force, number of those employed, and jobs in the month of December.
“Job numbers are up across Georgia, and our focus in 2022 is encouraging people to enter the workforce to help businesses provide the goods and services necessary for Georgia’s economy to continue to grow,” said Commissioner Mark Butler.
The labor force increased in Gainesville by 420 and ended the month with an all-time high of 106,800. The number of employed residents also reached an all-time high. December saw 104,915 employed residents, which is more than 5,000 more than a year ago.
Gainesville also set records with the number of jobs. The months 98,100 jobs set another all-time high. That’s over 4,000 more compared to this time last year.
Even though the number of unemployment claims increased by 3 percent in Gainesville, when compared to last December, claims were still down by about 88 percent.
Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed about 2,087 active job postings in Gainesville for December. Visit dol.georgia.gov to learn more about career opportunities.