The Gainesville metropolitan area’s unemployment rate is now 3.2 percent following a 0.3 percentage point increase over the first two months of 2019.
It was 2.9 percent in December and 3.5 percent in January.
The jobless rate nationwide for February was 3.8 percent, and 3.9 percent in Georgia.
The Gainesville metro area, which covers Hall County, grew its labor force in February to 103,574, up by 1,670 from a year earlier when the jobless rate was 3.5 percent.
And Gainesville ended February with 94,600 jobs. That’s an increase of about 3,700 year-over-year.
Meanwhile, unemployment claims fell by 30 percent in February after rising by 98 percent in January, and remain 2 percent higher year-over-year.
“We’ve started strong in 2019,” Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a press release. “Communities across the state added jobs, workers and improved employment. That is very good to see.”