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Gainesville sets record in April for low jobless rate
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The Georgia Department of Labor office is located at 2756 Atlanta Highway in Gainesville. - photo by Scott Rogers

The Gainesville metropolitan area posted monthly gains in jobs available and the number of employed residents in April, setting records for the largest workforce in the area’s history.

Meanwhile, the overall jobless rate fell, as did the number of monthly unemployment insurance claims.

“Georgia’s economy continues to be strong,” Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a press release on Thursday, May 23. “In April, we saw several communities set records for jobs and others set records for lowest unemployment rate. Typically, we see gains through the summer, as well.”

Gainesville ended April with 95,700 jobs. That’s an increase of about 4,700 from the job total one year ago, and up 800 from March.  

The overall unemployment rate fell in April, dropping 0.5 percentage points to 2.5 percent. The rate was 2.9 percent 12 months ago.

The nationwide jobless rate for April was 3.6 percent.

The total eligible labor force in the Gainesville metro area, which includes all of Hall County, increased by 2,108 workers year-over-year.  

Gainesville ended April with 100,348 employed residents, an increase of 2,468 workers from a year ago.

The number of unemployment insurance claims, meanwhile, dropped 18 percent in April.