Georgetown unemployment claims continue to decline, data shows

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)

Georgetown continues to see a decline in unemployment numbers as the coronavirus pandemic continues, according to monthly snapshots provided by the Texas Workforce Commission.

Between July 15 and Aug. 15, Georgetown had 452 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 8 and Aug. 8, 518 residents claimed unemployment. That is a decrease of 66 claims, or 12.74%.

Businesses reopened in Georgetown on May 1, but when cases surged in the summer in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott paused the state’s reopening, even returning to previous restrictions.

Williamson County continues to report a drop in daily known cases, leading County Judge Bill Gravell to lift the social distancing measure that denied gatherings of more than 10 people in outdoor spaces in the unincorporated parts of the county.

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


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 at 16th among the Texas counties with the highest unemployment counts; however, its total also dropped. Between July 15 and Aug. 15, the county reported 3,389 claims, a decrease of 533 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: 222

Male: 114

Female: 108

78628

Population: 32,341

Working population: 14,790

Unemployment claim count: 168

Male: 93

Female: 75

78633

Population: 28,080

Working population: 6,614

Unemployment claim count: 62

Male: 28

Female: 34

Georgetown (three ZIP codes combined)

Population: 95,253

Working population: 38,922

Unemployment claim count: 452

Male: 235

Female: 217

Williamson County

Population: 571,610

Working population: 300,059

Unemployment claim count: 3389

Male: 1,736

Female: 1639

Gender unknown: 14
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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