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.
Working population: 17,518
Unemployment claim count: 198
Working population: 14,790
Unemployment claim count: 139
Working population: 6,614
Unemployment claim count: 69
Georgetown (three ZIP codes combined)
Working population: 38,922
Unemployment claim count: 406
Working population: 300,059
Unemployment claim count: 2,877
Gender unknown: 1