Unemployment in Manatee drops to 3.9 percent in May

Unemployment in Manatee County dropped to 3.9 percent in May, more than a full percentage point lower that at the same time in 2015, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

According to the state, there were 1,584 more people working in the county than in April, when the unemployment rate was 4.2 percent.

Figures released Friday also show that statewide, the jobless rate dropped to 4.7 percent, from 5 percent in April and 5.5 percent in May 2015. Unlike the county figures, the statewide rate is seasonally adjusted.

In Manatee, 159,775 residents had a job, compared to 158,191 a month earlier and 158,347 in May 2015.

In Sarasota County, the jobless rate was 4 percent, compared to 4.3 percent in April and 5.1 percent in May 2015.

Statewide in May, Hamilton and Monroe counties had the state’s lowest unemployment rate (both at 2.9 percent), followed by St. Johns County (3.2 percent), and Lafayette County (3.4 percent), according to the state.

Hendry County had the highest unemployment rate (7.0 percent) in Florida in May 2016, followed by Sumter County (6.3 percent), and Citrus County (6.0 percent).