By Anthony Clark | The Gainesville Sun
Gainesville's unemployment rate improved in April as 270 more people found work while Florida's unemployment rate dipped below 9 percent to the lowest level in more than three years.
In the Gainesville Metropolitan Statistical Area, consisting of Alachua and Gilchrist counties, the jobless rate dropped to 6.3 percent compared to 6.6 percent in March and 6.9 percent in April 2011.
The number of people reporting employment rose from 128,792 in March to 129,062 last month, according to household surveys, while the number of unemployed dropped from 9,167 to 8,691.
Gainesville's rate was the second lowest of 23 Florida MSAs, behind only Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin at 5.7 percent.
While the household survey showed 589 more people employed over the year, a separate employer survey estimated a loss of 3,000 jobs in Gainesville. The surveys use different methods and the employer survey can reflect multiple jobs per individual.
Florida's unemployment rate dropped to 8.7 percent in April, the lowest since January 2009, compared to 9 percent in March and 10.6 percent in April 2011.