The number of Georgetown residents claiming unemployment has dropped 14.67%, according to monthly snapshots provided by the Texas Workforce Commission.
During July, 646 Georgetown residents in the city’s three ZIP codes—78626, 78628 and 78633—filed unemployment claims, data shows. In a report that shows the previous four weeks of claims, between June 24 and July 25, 757 residents claimed unemployment. That is a decrease of 28 claims.
Businesses reopened in Georgetown on May 1, but as cases continue to increase in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has paused the state’s reopening, 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. About half of its students plan to return to campus for in-person learning in September.
The one-month unemployment snapshot has also 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. This is also the time when businesses began to shut down due to the county’s “Stay Home Stay Safe” orders.
In addition, Williamson County continues to be 16th among the Texas counties with highest unemployment counts; however, its total also dropped. In July, the county reported 4,544 claims, a decrease of 592 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.
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Working population: 17,518
Unemployment claim count: 315
Working population: 14,790
Unemployment claim count: 226
Working population: 6,614
Unemployment claim count: 105
Georgetown (three ZIP codes combined)
Working population: 38,922
Unemployment claim count: 646
Working population: 300,059
Unemployment claim count: 4,544
Gender unknown: 10
DATA: Unemployment claims in Georgetown drop nearly 15% in Texas Workforce Commission monthly snapshot
Here is a look at Georgetown unemployment claim counts provided by the Texas Workforce Commission. (Design by Chance Flowers/Community Impact Newspaper)