There's some good in bad news on jobs

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Unemployment up, so's number of people working

By The Staff

Levy County's unemployment rate inched up 0.3 percent to 8.6 percent in July — no surprise given that local unemployment rises in the summer months. But what was encouraging in that news of the second month of increasing unemployment is that there are more people in the county's labor force than the previous months.

Levy County's labor force increased by 211 to 16,464 in July. Those with jobs rose by 151 to 15,039 and the number of unemployed increased by 60 to 1,425 which is down 270 over the year when the unemployment rate was 10.3 percent.

Rusty Skinner, CEO of the region's career service Workforce Connection, said that the expected seasonal increase in the unemployment rate was offset by strong gains in the labor force and employment across Citrus, Levy and Marion counties.

 “This report shows positive signs. When you see growth in the labor force and employment in all three counties, that confirms what we’ve been seeing: employers are hiring,” Skinner said, adding that the number of unemployed increased by just 292 compared to 838 more people with jobs.

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