Georgetown residents get back to work as unemployment numbers drop

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

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

The number of Georgetown residents claiming unemployment continues to drop, according to monthly snapshots provided by the Texas Workforce Commission.

Between July 8 and Aug. 8, Georgetown had 518 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 July 1 and Aug. 1, 646 residents claimed unemployment. That is a decrease of 128 claims, or 19.81%.

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.

Georgetown City Council has found some workarounds, including the closing of select on-street downtown parking during the Labor Day weekend in order to expand outdoor dining spaces, which will serve as a test pilot to see if the practice can continue, city officials said.

Another major event in the fight against the pandemic is the start of school. 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 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 sit in 16th among Texas counties with highest unemployment counts; however, its total also dropped. Between July 8 and Aug. 8, the county reported 3,922 claims, a decrease of 622 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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78626

  • Population: 34,832

  • Working population: 17,518

  • Unemployment claim count: 254

  • Male: 130

  • Female: 124




78628


  • Population: 32,341

  • Working population: 14,790

  • Unemployment claim count: 191

  • Male: 97

  • Female: 94




78633


  • Population: 28,080

  • Working population: 6,614

  • Unemployment claim count: 73

  • Male: 34

  • Female: 39




Georgetown (three ZIP codes combined)


  • Population: 95,253

  • Working population: 38,922

  • Unemployment claim count: 518

  • Male: 261

  • Female: 257




Williamson County


  • Population: 571,610

  • Working population: 300,059

  • Unemployment claim count: 3,922

  • Male: 1,999

  • Female: 1,909

  • Gender unknown: 14