The unemployment rate in Gainesville and across Georgia rose from September to October according to the latest numbers released by the Georgia Department of Labor.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate in Gainesville rose from 2.0% to 2.5% in that span. That rate is also two-tenths of a percentage higher than October of 2021.
Butler said every regional commission in Georgia saw an uptick in unemployment rate last month.
"Job seekers have continued to experience a favorable hiring environment across multiple job sectors, despite a slight uptick in unemployment rates," Butler said. “As we prepare for peak holiday hiring, we encourage job seekers to take advantage of the many employment opportunities, both full-time and part-time, available across Georgia.”
While the unemployment rate is higher, Butler said the Gainesville area did add to its workforce, with about 700 people entering jobs last month. Job numbers are on the rise as well, with Gainesville ending October with a record 100,000 jobs.
The Georgia Mountain Regional Commission, which includes almost all of Northeast Georgia, had the lowest unemployment rate of any Georgia regional commission at 2.7%.