DATA: Georgetown unemployment claims dips back down as the coronavirus pandemic continues

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

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

The number of Georgetown residents claiming unemployment decreased slightly as the coronavirus pandemic continues, according to data provided by the Texas Workforce Commission.

Between June 24 and July 25, Georgetown had 757 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 June 17 and July 18, 785 residents claimed unemployment. That is a decrease of 28 claims.

Businesses reopened in Georgetown on May 1, but as cases continue to surge in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott paused the state’s reopening June 25, even returning to previous restrictions.

The next big tackle is schools reopening. Georgetown ISD currently plans to start school with three weeks of virtual learning Aug. 20 with optional in-person classes beginning Sept. 10.

The one-month unemployment 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.


In addition, Williamson County remained 16th among the Texas counties with highest unemployment counts, and its total count decreased after seeing a rise in last week’s report. Between June 24 and July 25, the county reported 5,136 claims, a decrease of 269 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.

Click the black arrow for more data.

78626

Population: 34,832

Working population: 17,518

Unemployment claim count: 374

Male: 173

Female: 201

78628

Population: 32,341

Working population: 14,790

Unemployment claim count: 269

Male: 131

Female: 138

78633

Population: 28,080

Working population: 6,614

Unemployment claim count: 114

Male: 61

Female: 53

Georgetown (three ZIP codes combined)

Population: 95,253

Working population: 38,922

Unemployment claim count: 757

Male: 365

Female: 392

Williamson County

Population: 571,610

Working population: 300,059

Unemployment claim count: 5,136

Male: 2,556

Female: 2,572

Gender unknown: 8
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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