Georgetown unemployment claim counts remained virtually unchanged after the city saw a rise in claims, according to monthly snapshots provided by the Texas Workforce Commission.
Between Aug. 12 and Sept. 12, Georgetown had 432 residents in the city’s three ZIP codes—78626, 78628 and 78633—file unemployment claims, data shows. In a report that shows the previous four weeks of claims, between Aug. 5 and Sept. 5, 438 residents claimed unemployment.
The one-month unemployment snapshot, however, has seen claims drop significantly from the TWC’s March 16-April 16 report, when Georgetown had 3,113 claims, the highest number of claims within a month since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. This is also the time when businesses began to shut down due to the county’s “Stay Home Stay Safe” orders.
It has been six months since the coronavirus pandemic began in Central Texas in mid-March. After a month of closures in April, businesses reopened in Georgetown on May 1 to varying capacity.
While state leaders including Gov. Greg Abbott were pushing for a swift and complete reopening, a summer spike in cases led to a pause in state reopening plans. However, business reopening are set to begin again as early as Sept. 24, after Abbott announced the change Sept. 17 allowing retail stores, restaurants, office buildings and gyms, among other businesses, to reopen based on the rate of hospitalizations in each of Texas’ 22 hospital regions.
Williamson County saw a decrease in unemployment claims between Aug. 12 and Sept. 12, data shows. The county reported 2,967 claims, a decrease of 143 total claims from the previous week’s report.
The county also remains 18th among Texas counties with highest unemployment count.
At its peak during the pandemic, Williamson County had 23,211 unemployment claims between March 16 and April 16.
Here is a breakdown of unemployment claims in Georgetown’s three ZIP codes as well as a combination of that data to represent the city. The mapping was developed by the TWC Labor Market and Career Information Department. Data is released weekly highlighting the prior four weeks causing overlap from week to week.
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Working population: 17,518
Unemployment claim count: 208
Working population: 14,790
Unemployment claim count: 153
Working population: 6,614
Unemployment claim count: 71
Georgetown (three ZIP codes combined)
Working population: 38,922
Unemployment claim count: 432
Working population: 300,059
Unemployment claim count: 2,967
Gender unknown: 2
Georgetown unemployment stabilizes after increase in claims
Check out where Georgetown stands in unemployment claims, according to Texas Workforce Commission data. (Designed by Chance Flowers/Community Impact Newspaper)