Metro Gainesville, which includes all of Hall County, set a record for jobs in August, reaching 90,000 for the first time, according to figures released Thursday by the state Department of Labor.
Other key indicators such as new unemployment claims, increasing workforce and the total number of employed residents showed the county’s economy continues to be strong, Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a news release.
The August unemployment rate was 4 percent, down from 4.2 percent in July. A decline of 182 in the labor force contributed to the decline in the monthly rate, which can be attributed to school-age workers returning to their educational institutions. The August rate compares favorably to last August when the rate was 4.8 percent.
From July to August, metro Gainesville gained 800 jobs, which increased the total number of jobs to 90,000. Since August 2016, metro Gainesville has gained 2,700 jobs, a 3.1 percent growth rate.
The top monthly job growth came in government, mostly in the public schools.
There are 3,828 more metro Gainesville residents employed now than in August 2016.
Metro Gainesville’s year-over-year job growth came mostly in the private, service-providing industries such as professional and business services, along with the goods-producing sector, which includes manufacturing and construction.
At the same time, unemployment claims were down by 6.3 percent to 462 — another good sign for metro Gainesville’s economy. Claims were down in manufacturing. Claims were down by 7.8 percent from August 2016.
Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 1,283 new active job postings in metro Gainesville for August.
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