Levy County jobless rate rises in July

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By The Staff

    Levy County's unemployment rate has broken a new barrier rising to 12.1 percent in July,  a rise of 0.7 percent from June 2009. The number of individuals without jobs rose from 1,959 to 2,066 in Levy County.

    In contrast, Marion County's rate stayed the same at 12.6 percent as did Citrus County at 11.9 percent.

    “Certainly all these numbers show a bit of volatility in the labor force.  In Levy County, they just went through a big swing.  Citrus and Marion Counties are stable.  There is disjointedness in the labor force.  We know about 1,200 people have been effected by the Taylor, Bean and Whitaker (layoff in Ocala), but are not part of this,” said Rusty Skinner, Workforce Connection chief executive officer.

    The Agency for Workforce Innovation, the state's unemployment compensation and career department, reported Florida's unemployment rate was 10.7 percent for July — unchanged from June's figure. The state rate is 1.3 percentage points higher than the national rate of 9.4 percent in July.

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