Gville jobless rate up a bit

Gainesville recorded an unemployment rate of 2.5 percent in March, up two-tenths of a percent over the previous month. A year ago, the rate was 2.5 percent.

The state Department of Labor also reports that the labor force increased by 514 and ended the month with 114,608, an all-time high. That number went up by 4,652 when compared to March of 2023.

Gainesville finished the month with 111,776 employed residents, another all-time high, an increase of 341 over-the-month and 4,562 when compared to the same time a year ago.

In the 13-county Georgia Mountains Regional Commission, which includes Gainesville, the unemployment rate was up one-tenth to 2.7 percent over-the-month, the rate was 2.8 percent one year ago.