Levy’s jobless rate unchanged in November

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By The Staff

The jobless rate in the three-county region served by Workforce Connection may have risen in November, but Levy County's rate was unchanged, staying at 8.8 percent, the same figure as in October. 

The rate for the combined Levy, Marion and Citrus counties region was 9.2 percent, up 0.1 percent over October's rate and down 2.4 percent from one year ago.

In November, Levy County’s labor force fell by 267 since October to 16,866, employment dropped by 246 jobs to 15,381 and the number of unemployed declined by 21 to 1,485. Over the year, the labor force has remained virtually the same, the number of employed increased by 233 and the number of unemployed dropped by 348.

Marion County's jobless rate was 9.2 percent, up 0.1 percent over the month;  while it was 9.2 percent in Citrus County, unchanged since October. 

Workforce Connection CEO Rusty Skinner said that the slight fluctuation over the month is “puzzling” – since the influx of seasonal hires was expected to have a greater impact – but not alarming.

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