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Levy County unemployment rate inches up

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By The Staff

Unemployment in Levy County in June was up to 9.7 percent up 0.6 percent from May, according to Workforce Connection, the state's regional career agency for Levy, Marion and Citrus counties. But the small dip is nothing new as the state has a summertime dip in employment rates, according to employment officials. And the good news is that it is lower than the same time last year when it was 11.7 and in June 2010 when it was 12.1 percent.
The three-county region's unemployment rate was 10.2 percent in June, up 0.5 percent from May. Levy had the lowest rate in the region with Marion County at 10.2 percent and Citrus County at 10.3 percent.
The state rate was 8.6 percent in June, the 11th highest in the nation, while the national rate was 8.2 percent.
Workforce Connection CEO Rusty Skinner said the increase was not unexpected and reflects end-of-school year cuts in education-support personnel – something that is experienced statewide with all but one of Florida’s 67 counties showing an increase in unemployment rates.


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