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Hall unemployment steady in July
Rate remains at 4.2 percent
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The Georgia Department of Labor office is located at 2756 Atlanta Highway in Gainesville. - photo by Scott Rogers

Metro Gainesville’s unemployment rate was unchanged from June to July at 4.2 percent. In July 2016, the rate was 4.8 percent.

The Metro Gainesville statistical area includes all of Hall County.

“While Metro Gainesville’s rate was unchanged, 702 more people went back to work,” said Labor Georgia Commissioner Mark Butler. “It’s great to see Gainesville’s economy growing. Since July 2016, Gainesville has gained 3,300 jobs, a 3.8 percent growth rate.”

Metro Gainesville’s over-the-year job growth came in the goods-producing sector, which includes manufacturing and construction, the service industries such as trade, transportation and warehousing, along with state and local government.

From June to July, Metro Gainesville lost 100 jobs, a 0.1 percent decline, which decreased the total number of jobs to 89,600.

“Due to the fact that a lot of summer jobs are held by students, it’s not surprising to see the July decline in jobs, especially with the earlier school start dates this year,” Butler said.

Unemployment claims were unchanged at 493. Over the year, claims were down by 400, or 44.8 percent, from 893 in July 2016.

The total number of employed residents in Metro Gainesville rose by 702 to 95,922 from June to July.

“There were 4,087 more Metro Gainesville residents employed than in July 2016,” Butler said. “I’m pleased to see we have more people in Gainesville employed and contributing to Georgia’s continued environment of economic opportunity.”

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at, showed 1,454 new active job postings in Gainesville for July.
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