Summer's over, unemployment drops

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Levy County goes from 8.7 to 7.9 in August

By The Staff

Good news for those in Levy County seeking a job, the unemployment rate for August was 7.9 percent, a drop of 0.8 percent from July's rate of 8.7 percent.

Surrounding counties served by Workforce Connection, the region's career service, also saw dips in unemployment. The regional rate was 7.9 percent in August, down 0.4 percent from July, and down 2.2 percentage points compared to a year ago. It was 7.9 percent for Marion County, a decrease of 0.4 percent and 8 percent for Citrus County, also down 0.4 percentage points.

The state's rate was 7 percent while the national rate was 7.3 percent.

Workforce Connection CEO Rusty Skinner said that the August report shows that the three-county region experienced a “summer neutral position,” which is not unexpected coming out of the traditional summer slump. 

Levy County's labor force shrank by 89 to 16,362, those with jobs rose by 411 to 15,068 and the number of unemployed dropped by 130 to 1,294 which is down 325 over the year when the unemployment rate was 9.9 percent.

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