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Manatee unemployment rate drops for May

BRADENTON — Manatee County’s unemployment rate declined to 11.5 percent in May, from 11.8 percent in April, according to state labor statistics released this morning.

The jobless rate in Manatee represents 16,761 who are searching for work, and is higher than the 10.8 percent unemployment rate from May 2009.

Sarasota County’s unemployment rate fell to 11.4 percent in May from 11.9 percent in April. Sarasota has 19,117 who are out of work. A year ago, Sarasota’s unemployment rate was 10.6 percent.

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