Manatee County's unemployment rate at 7.5 percent

twhitt@bradenton.comSeptember 20, 2013 

MANATEE COUNTY -- The unemployment rate in Manatee County is at 7.5 percent, down from 7.8 percent in July and 9.2 percent in August 2012.

Florida's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in August 2013, down 0.1 percentage point over the month, and down 1.6 percentage points from 8.6 percent a year ago. The state's August rate was the lowest since September 2008 when it also was 7.0 percent.

The number of jobs in Florida was 7,543,700 in August 2013, up 131,400 jobs compared to a year ago. August 2013 was the 37th consecutive month with positive annual job growth after the state lost jobs for over three years. Across the state, the industry gaining the most jobs was trade, transportation, and utilities

In the Manatee-Sarasota metro area, retail trade, including restaurants and general merchandise stores, showed the highest increase in jobs 4.4 percent overall. Trade, transportation and Utilities jobs, followed with a 3.8 percent increase and then professional business serives with a 3.5 percent increase.

Nineteen of the 22 metro areas in the state had over-the-year job gains in August 2013. The areas with the largest gains were Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, which saw an increase of 41,700 jobs, up 3.6 percent overall, Ft. Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach added 22,700 jobs, up 3.1 percent, and Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford added 19,400 jobs, a rise of 1.9 percent.

The three metro areas that lost jobs over the year were Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, Palm Coast, and Lakeland-Winter Haven.

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