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What happened to Hall County's unemployment rate in May
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The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's held its annual spring job fair Wednesday, March 30. - photo by Scott Rogers

Update, June 23: The Hall County area's jobless rate rose to 2.1% in May, according to a Georgia Department of Labor press release Thursday, June 23.

Update, May 26: After a few months of increases, Hall County’s jobless rate plummeted to 1.7% in April.

“As employers continue to fill their vacancies with qualified job seekers, we are encouraged to see many Georgians eager to return to the workforce,” Commissioner Mark Butler said in a Georgia Department of Labor press release Thursday, May 26.


Update, April 21:  Hall County's jobless rate inched up to 2.5% in March. In March 2021, the rate was 2.9%.


Update, March 31: Hall County’s jobless rate remained at 2.4% in February, according to a Georgia Department of Labor press release Thursday, March 31.

The rate had dropped to 1.5% in November, an all-time low for Hall County, before it started climbing. The rate was 1.8% in December, then 2.4% in January.

Still, the rate is still lower than it was in February 2021, when it was 3.2%, according to the labor department.

Also, the number of unemployment claims increased by 2% in February and Hall’s workforce is at 106,670, up 1,937 from February 2021.



Update, March 17:  Hall County’s jobless rate rose to 2.4% in January, according to a Georgia Department of Labor press release Thursday, March 17.

The rate had been 1.8% in December and before that, 1.5% in November, an all-time low for Hall County.

In January 2021, Hall’s jobless rate was 3.3%.

Despite the recent uptick in jobless numbers, “Gainesville’s labor force was at an all-time high in the month of January,” the release stated.

Hall’s workforce is at 106,691, up 2,540 since January 2021.



Update, Jan. 27: Hall County's unemployment rate inched up to 1.8%, the Georgia Department of Labor reported on Thursday, Jan. 27.


Update, Dec. 23: Hall County's unemployment rate keeps dropping, hitting an all-time low of 1.5%, according to a Georgia Department of Labor press release on Thursday, Dec. 23.


Update, Oct. 28: Hall County's unemployment rate has hit an all-time low at 1.7%, according to a Georgia Department of Labor press release on Thursday, Oct. 28.

One year ago, the rate was 4%.

"We are seeing all-time low unemployment rates throughout the state of Georgia reflecting an economy that is continuing to rapidly recover,” Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in the release. “We are working with employers across the state to post, recruit, and fill critical positions in preparation for a strong holiday employment season.”

Hall ended September with 95,100 jobs. That number increased 500 from August to September and increased by 3,200 when compared to this time last year, according to the labor department.

Also, the labor force is now at 104,630, up by 6,005 when compared to September 2020.

“I am not surprised by the unemployment rate,” said Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce president and CEO. “Everybody is looking for workers. We have 80 chamber members listed on our website that are looking.”

And the types of employers vary widely, from small businesses and restaurants to large companies, she said.



Previous story: The 20th century was the last time Hall County had a lower unemployment rate than it does now.

Hall’s jobless rate in July was 2.1%, the lowest rate since December 1999, when it was 1.9%, said labor department spokeswoman Kersha Cartwright.

“We used to talk about how good” a low jobless number was, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Kit Dunlap said Friday, Aug. 27, with a chuckle. “Now we don’t talk about it as much because everybody is just desperate (for help).”

It’s the same storyline that Hall County has seen for several years — growing industrial base, shortage of qualified workers. Simply put, it’s still a workers’ job market.

The Hall County area finished July with 102,188 employed residents, or 982 higher than in June, according to labor department numbers that came out Thursday, Aug. 26.

“We are seeing positive labor market data across the state,” Commissioner Mark Butler said “The unemployment rate is down in every region, county and metropolitan statistical area, reflecting the strength of our state’s economy. Career opportunities remain high for job seekers as we continue to see rising job numbers in metro and rural areas throughout Georgia.”

Dunlap said that not only did the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce sell out employer exhibit space at its Sept. 9 Fall Job Fair & Career Expo, but it had to turn away another 25-30 companies.

“First come, first served,” she said. “It just shows that everybody needs help.”

Missy Burgess, spokeswoman for Lanier Islands, said the South Hall resort has job openings “in probably every area you can think of.”

“This isn’t a temporary thing,” she said. “We want people who want to grow with us and be part of our family here. … We would love to have people who have an interest in having a career in hospitality.”

Lanier Islands is one of about 70 companies that will be at the chamber’s job fair. The list of companies scheduled to show is a wide variety, from private companies to health care and government.

The event is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Gainesville Civic Center at 830 Green St.

Prospective employees will be able to apply for jobs at the events and meet hiring managers, according to a chamber press release.

Job Fair & Career Expo

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 9

Where: Gainesville Civic Center at 830 Green St.

Noteworthy: Face mask are required and social distancing guidelines will be followed.