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Unemployment drops in Manatee, statewide

MANATEE -- The unemployment rate in Manatee and Sarasota counties, as well as Florida overall, dropped from October to November, although not much.

Manatee County’s rate for November was 10.2 percent, down from 10.4 percent in October, according to the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity. It is 2.7 percentage points less than a year ago.

The unemployment rate for Florida overall dropped to 10 percent from last month’s rate of 10.3 percent and last year’s rate of 11.5 percent. Sarasota County also showed a drop in unemployment from October to November, from 10.3 percent to 10 percent.