Metro Gainesville’s unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent in September, according to figures released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.
The area, which includes all of Hall County, also saw unemployment insurance claims decline and an increase in residents finding work — all indicators of a growing region.
During September, metro Gainesville lost 500 jobs, which decreased the total number of jobs to 89,500. The job losses came in trade, transportation and warehousing. But that wasn’t enough to significantly impact the long-term job outlook for a city that gained 1,800 jobs and grew at a 2.1 percent rate over the year.
“When you look at the full picture and take the numbers in context, the metro Gainesville economy continues to do well,” state labor commissioner Mark Butler said.
Butler said Wednesday that in September employment among residents increased by 886. For the year, the number of employed residents grew by 3,878 to 92,632. The September unemployment rate was down from 4 percent in August. The September rate compares favorably to last September when the rate was 4.6 percent.
Unemployment claims were down by 30.3 percent to 322. Claims were down in manufacturing. Compared to last September claims were down by 26.1 percent from 436.
“The area continues to head in the right direction,” Butler said.