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Manatee’s unemployment nearly 13 percent

MANATEE — Manatee County’s unemployment rate jumped to 12.9 percent in November, from 12.4 percent in October, according to labor statistics released by the state today.

The 12.9 percent jobless rate represents 18,533 in Manatee who are looking for work. Sarasota County, meanwhile, saw a minor increase in unemployment. Sarasota’s rate moved to 12.3 percent, up from 12.2 in October.

Florida’s unemployment rate is 11.5 percent, up from 11.3.

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