The Metro Gainesville area, which includes all of Hall County, saw increases in jobs, the number of employed residents and its labor force in February, according to figures released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.
The unemployment rate remained at 3.6 percent, and unemployment claims dropped.
In February, Gainesville set a record for employed residents. The number, at 99,873, was up by 1,507 over the month and 5,072 for the year.
Jobs climbed by 1,300 to 91,700 in February. They increased by 3,600 over the past 12 months.
The Gainesville labor force ended February at 103,610 — another record. That number is up 1,546 over the month and 4,656 over the past year. The area’s labor force includes the total number of residents with jobs and those unemployed but looking for work.
Initial claims for unemployment were down 55 percent for the month and about 37 percent for the year.
Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 1,031 new active job postings in metro Gainesville for February.
Courtesy of Georgia Department of Labor press release