Local Jobless Rates Remain Low

Sarasota and Manatee counties' unemployment rates are below the state average.

By staff August 18, 2017

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The construction industry in Florida added around 35,000 workers in July.

The jobless rate in Sarasota County registered 3.9 percent in July. In Manatee County, it was 4.0 percent. Both were below the state average of 4.1 percent, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reports. A year ago, Sarasota's rate was 4.8 percent and Manatee's was 4.9 percent.

For July, Hendry County, in south-central Florida, had the highest rate, 10.9 percent. Monroe County was the lowest, 2.8 percent.

Industries gaining the most jobs were construction and health and education services, each of which added around 35,000 workers.


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