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.