Summer slump hits Levy workers; unemployment inches up to 8.3%

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By The Staff

It was not unexpected, but today's jobless report shows unemployment in Levy County inched up to 8.3 percent — up half a point — in the month of June. 

“We’ve seen this trend historically for the month of June in good times and in bad,” Workforce Connection CEO Rusty Skinner said, pointing to the same pattern every year not only since 2010 but more than a decade ago when the Levy, Citrus-Marion counties regional unemployment was 3.7 percent.

Rates start climbing in June but by September or October return to or drop below the pre-slump rate.

“I was hoping we might not see that, but these numbers are not seasonally adjusted and school districts and other employers shut down over the summer months,” he said. “For a number of months, we’ve showed positive movement, this is one of those months we’ve seen some retrenchment. What happens in September will be key for the long term.” 

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