DATA: Georgetown unemployment claims drop as summer ends

Check out where Georgetown stands in unemployment claims, according to Texas Workforce Commission data. (Design by Chance Flowers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Check out where Georgetown stands in unemployment claims, according to Texas Workforce Commission data. (Design by Chance Flowers/Community Impact Newspaper)

Check out where Georgetown stands in unemployment claims, according to Texas Workforce Commission data. (Design by Chance Flowers/Community Impact Newspaper)

Georgetown unemployment claim counts have dropped once again as the area moves into its seventh month of the coronavirus pandemic.

Between Aug. 19 and Sept. 19, 406 Georgetown residents in the city’s three ZIP codes—78626, 78628 and 78633—filed unemployment claims, according to monthly snapshots provided by the Texas Workforce Commission. In a report that shows the previous four weeks of claims, between Aug. 12 and Sept. 12, 432 residents claimed unemployment.

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. This is also the time when businesses began to shut down due to the county’s “Stay Home Stay Safe” orders.

While state leaders, including Gov. Greg Abbott, were pushing for a swift and complete reopening, a summer surge in cases led to a pause in state reopening plans. However, business reopenings began again as early as Sept. 24 after Abbott announced the change Sept. 17 allowing retail stores, restaurants, office buildings and gyms, among other businesses, to reopen based on the rate of hospitalizations in each of Texas’ 22 hospital regions.

Williamson County also saw a decrease in unemployment claims between Aug. 19 and Sept. 19, data shows. The county reported 2,877 claims, a decrease of 90 total claims from the previous week’s report.


The county was once again ranked 16th among Texas counties with the highest unemployment counts after dropping to 18th for several weeks.

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: 198

Male: 98

Female: 100

78628

Population: 32,341

Working population: 14,790

Unemployment claim count: 139

Male: 74

Female: 65

78633

Population: 28,080

Working population: 6,614

Unemployment claim count: 69

Male: 42

Female: 27

Georgetown (three ZIP codes combined)

Population: 95,253

Working population: 38,922

Unemployment claim count: 406

Male: 214

Female: 192

Williamson County

Population: 571,610

Working population: 300,059

Unemployment claim count: 2,877

Male: 1,536

Female: 1,340

Gender unknown: 1
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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