Hall County set a record for total jobs in August, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.
Gainesville’s metropolitan statistical area, which includes all of Hall County, saw jobs increase by 1,100 in August to reach 94,500, a new record. This puts Hall up 4,200 jobs for the year.
The August unemployment rate fell to 3 percent, which is the lowest among all 14 metro areas in Georgia. That’s down 0.2 percent from the previous month and down from 4.1 percent one year ago.
And initial unemployment claims are down by about 39 percent for the month and by about 41 percent when compared to the same period a year ago.
The labor force decreased in August by 934 to reach 103,888. Still, the overall number has climbed by nearly 3,450 over the past 12 months.
In other data, Hall lost 667 employed residents in August, dropping its total to just under 101,000. That number has grown by about 4,500 over the past year.
Throughout Georgia, all job indicators remain positive for the year.
“Our communities across the state continue to thrive,” Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday, Sept. 27.
“Local economies continue to add jobs and see other indicators like employment and labor force grow over time. It has become almost routine for some of our local areas set records.”
Compiled from a Georgia Department of Labor press release