Area Unemployment Rate Dips Slightly

April 20, 2019

The latest job numbers released by the state show a decrease in the unemployment rate in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Escambia County’s unemployment dropped slightly from 3.5 percent in February to 3.3 percent in March. There were 4,743 people were reported unemployed during the period. One year ago, unemployment in Escambia County was 3.7 percent.

Santa Rosa County’s unemployment rate decreased from 3.2 percent in February to 3.1 percent in March. Santa Rosa County had a total of 2,477 persons still unemployed. The year-ago unemployment rate in Santa Rosa County was 3.4 percent.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.5 percent in March 2019, unchanged from the February 2019 rate, and down 0.3 percentage point from a year ago. There were 360,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,346,000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in March.

The jobless numbers released by the state do not include persons that have given up on finding a job and are no longer reported as unemployed.

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