Gainesville jobless rate drops to state’s lowest at 7 percent

Gainesville’s unemployment rate dropped for the fourth straight month in April to 7.0 percent, the lowest rate in two years, as 542 more people reported having jobs.

After starting the year at 8.7 percent, the rate is down to the lowest level since May 2009 when it was 6.7 percent, according to the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation. The rate was 7.5 percent in March and 7.3 percent in April 2010. April’s rate was the lowest of 23 metro areas.

Florida’s rate also dropped for the fourth straight month to 10.8 percent, the lowest since September 2009. It was 11.1 percent in March and 11.3 percent in April 2010.

The U.S. rate rose in April to 9.0 percent from 8.8 percent in March. It was 9.8 percent in April 2010.

In addition to the 542 additional people with jobs in Gainesville, the number of unemployed dropped by 690 to 9,712 in a labor force of 138,664.

An employer survey showed the most job gains in total government — including federal, state and local government — followed by retail trade. Gains also were reported in financial activities, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality.

The number of jobless in Florida dropped to 996,000, below 1 million for the first time since October 2009, and the number of jobs was up by 14,900 since March and 39,200 since April 2010.

Article: Gainesville Sun, Anthony Clark

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