DATA: Georgetown unemployment claims see slight rise as coronavirus pandemic continues

Unemployment claims by Georgetown residents have increased slightly as the pandemic continues, according to Texas Workforce Commission data. (Designed by Chance Flowers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Unemployment claims by Georgetown residents have increased slightly as the pandemic continues, according to Texas Workforce Commission data. (Designed by Chance Flowers/Community Impact Newspaper)

Unemployment claims by Georgetown residents have increased slightly as the pandemic continues, according to Texas Workforce Commission data. (Designed by Chance Flowers/Community Impact Newspaper)

Georgetown’s unemployment numbers, which dropped slightly in last week’s report, saw a rise in claims as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Between June 3 and July 4, Georgetown had 723 residents in the city’s three ZIP codes—78626, 78628 and 78633—file unemployment claims, Texas Workforce Commission data shows. Between May 27 and June 27, 705 residents claimed unemployment.

Businesses reopened in Georgetown on May 1, but as cases continue to spike in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has paused the state’s reopening, even returning to previous restrictions.

The one-month snapshot, however, has dropped 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.

Williamson County has dropped once again one slot, from 15th to 16th, among the Texas counties with highest unemployment counts, but its total count also increased. Between June 3 and July 4, the county reported 5,245 claims, an increase of 147 total claims from the previous week’s report.


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.

78626

Population: 34,832

Working population: 17,518

Unemployment claim count: 369

Male: 173

Female: 196



78628

Population: 32,341

Working population: 14,790

Unemployment claim count: 253

Male: 135

Female: 118



78633

Population: 28,080

Working population: 6,614

Unemployment claim count: 101

Male: 48

Female: 53



Georgetown (three ZIP codes combined)

Population: 95,253

Working population: 38,922

Unemployment claim count: 723

Male: 356

Female: 367



Williamson County

Population: 571,610

Working population: 300,059

Unemployment claim count: 5,245

Male: 2,591

Female: 2,647

Gender unknown: 7
By Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.


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