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Friday May 27th, 2022 1:34AM

Gainesville sees a slight uptick in the unemployment rate

By Kimberly Sizemore Anchor/Reporter

The unemployment rate is up in Gainesville. According to the latest numbers released Thursday morning, Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says the unemployment rate last month rose one-tenth to 2.5 percent. A year ago, the rate was 2.9 percent. 

Despite the slight increase, Gainesville’s labor force was still at an all-time high last month.

“Across Georgia, we continue to see increases in the labor force, the number of employed, and the number of jobs,” said Butler. “With Georgia having the lowest unemployment rate of the top ten most populated states, we are pleased to see Georgians enter the workforce filling the many open positions available in all of our regions and counties.”

Some highlights of the report:

• The labor force increased in Gainesville by 303 and ended the month with an all-time high of 107,014. That number is up 1,898 when compared to March of 2021.

• Gainesville finished the month with 104,355 employed residents. That number increased by 213 over the month and is up by 2,243 when compared to the same time a year ago.

• Gainesville ended March with 97,300 jobs. That number increased by 400 from February to March and increased by 2,800 when compared to this time last year.

• The number of unemployment claims decreased by 17 percent in Gainesville in March. When compared to last March, claims were down by about 90 percent.

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