Gilbert unemployment rate falls to 5.2% in December

Gilbert's unemployment rate has been falling for three consecutive months. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Gilbert's unemployment rate has been falling for three consecutive months. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Gilbert's unemployment rate has been falling for three consecutive months. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Unemployment in Gilbert fell slightly to 5.2% in December, according to statistics from the Arizona Commerce Authority.

That represented a small change from November, when it stood at 5.4%. The authority’s statistics show 7,434 unemployed town residents among a labor force of 143,891.

The labor force has grown by 6,377 workers from August, when the shrunken labor force drove unemployment down to 4.5%, its lowest point during the pandemic.


Gilbert’s unemployment rate remains better than most municipalities in the state. Gilbert’s 5.2% 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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