Statewide Unemployment Rate Unchanged, But Local Rate Ticks Up

The unemployment rate in both Sarasota and Manatee County increased slightly in July.

Research by staff August 22, 2016

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Gov. Rick Scott

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 4.7 percent in July, unchanged from the June number, while both Sarasota and Manatee counties' un-adjusted rate increased, according to numbers released Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Sarasota's rate increased from 4.5 to 4.7 percent between June and July, while Manatee's rose from 4.5 to 4.8 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.9 percent last month.

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