Gilbert unemployment on rise again in June

Coronavirus economy
After a one-month dip in April, Gilbert's unemployment rose again in June. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

After a one-month dip in April, Gilbert's unemployment rose again in June. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Unemployment in Gilbert rose to 8% in June, according to statistics from the Arizona Commerce Authority.

The 14.29% increase from May, when it stood at 7%, is the third sharp rise in the past four months, though it is far less severe than April, when it stood at 11.4%.

The town was at 4.4% in March, when the first coronavirus-related effects on the economy hit, and 3.1% in February, before the pandemic arrived.


It is the second-highest unemployment rate seen in Gilbert in the 30 years the authority has tracked unemployment at municipal levels, surpassing 7.3% from June 2011.

The authority’s statistics show 11,167 unemployed town residents among a labor force of 140,235. The labor force is the smallest seen in town since December 2018, when it stood at 140,184.

Gilbert’s unemployment rate remains better than most municipalities in the state. Gilbert’s 8% unemployment rate is the 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.

By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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