The 38.05% drop from April’s record high of 11.3% is the sharpest fall in the 30 years of statistics the authority publishes.
However, it does not mark a full recovery in employment from the coronavirus pandemic. The town was at 4.4% in March, when the first effects hit, and 3.1% in February, before the pandemic arrived.
It is lower than the town’s previous record of 7.3% from June 2011 but still tied for the third highest monthly unemployment rate the authority has recorded for the town.
The authority’s statistics show 9,994 town residents unemployed among a labor force of 142,590.
Gilbert’s unemployment rate remains better than most municipalities in the state. Gilbert’s 7% percent unemployment rate is lowest among municipalities in the state with more than 50,000 people in the 2019 U.S. census population estimates and the lowest among Maricopa County cities with at least 15,000 people.