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Manatee unemployment jumps to 12.2 percent

MANATEE — Local unemployment jumped up again.

Manatee County’s unemployment rate in July increased to 12.2 percent, up from 11.9 percent in June, according to state labor statistics released today.

That represents 17,724 people who are out of work.

Sarasota County’s unemployment remained the same as June’s at 11.5 percent, a total of 19,111 people out of work.