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Unemployment eases in Manatee

BRADENTON — Manatee County’s unemployment rate saw a slight recovery in March.

Manatee’s jobless rate decreased to 12.9 percent last month from 13.3 percent in February.

Despite the decrease, the percentage still represents 18,787 people in Manatee County who are in need of work and is still 2.4 percent higher than the area’s unemployment rate in March 2009.

Sarasota County’s unemployment rate also decreased in March, shifting to 12.5 percent from 13.1 in February.