Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.6 Percent in Florida

Kern County unemployment rate declines in October

Unemployment in the Bradenton-Sarasota-North Port metropolitan statistical area fell to 3.2 percent last month, down from 3.3 percent in September and 4.7 percent in October 2016.

The state Department of Job and Family Services says Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased by 4,300 in October.

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater was similar to Bradenton-Sarasota, at 3.3 percent.

Cissy Proctor, the executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, also stressed the Sunshine State has recovered nicely from Hurricane Irma. The October report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the IN labor force had a net decrease of almost 11,700, compared to September.

Though not the lowest in the Midwest as it was one year ago, in is still fairing better than most in the region.

Since Scott has taken over in Tallahassee at the start of 2011, the unemployment rate has dropped 7.1 percent.

Florida's unemployment continues to drop as the state regains jobs it lost after Hurricane Irma. The biggest gains were in California, which added 52,200 jobs, followed by Washington state, with 13,800, and in, which gained 11,400. In Sarasota County, 183,800 of 189,866 were employed for an identical 3.2 percent unemployment rate.

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