Hall County’s overall job numbers inched up in June, but so did its jobless rate.
Gainesville’s metropolitan statistical area, which includes all of Hall County, gained 200 jobs in June, its total growing to 93,700, an all-time high, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday, July 26.
Hall County is now up 4,000 jobs for the year.
And the number of those working rose to a record 101,246, or up 5,155 for the year.
The labor force grew in June by 951 to 104,860, which is also is a record. That number was boosted by typical gains as students and recent graduates sought summer jobs, the labor department said.
“The labor force grew faster than could be absorbed through hiring, causing the unemployment rate to rise,” the report states.
The June rate for Hall was 3.4 percent, up from 2.8 percent in May but down from 4.2 percent one year ago.
Even with the increase, Hall’s monthly unemployment rate remains the lowest out of all 14 metropolitan statistical areas in the state, according to the report.
Overall, Hall “notched increases in the labor force, number of employed and jobs, and all indicators remain positive for the year,” the report states.
Compiled from a Georgia Department of Labor press release