Good news: Manatee's jobless rate drops in April

MANATEE — Manatee County’s unemployment rate dropped more than a percentage point in April to 11.8 percent, according to state labor statistics released today. That was down from 12.9 percent in March. The unemployment rate in February was 13.3 percent.

There are 17,029 people unemployed in Manatee County.

Sarasota County’s unemployment rate decreased to 11.9 percent from 12.5 percent in March. Florida’s jobless rate moved to 12 percent in April from 12.3 percent in March.