Unemployment Dips in Northeast Florida

30 03 2007

Unemployment fell in four of the five counties in Northeast Florida in February compared to a year earlier.

In the five-county metropolitan area — Duval, Clay, Nassau, St. Johns and Baker counties — the unemployment rate was 3.2 percent, down from 3.5 percent in February 2006 and the same as in January.

The statewide rate of 3.3 percent was down from 3.4 percent a year earlier, and unchanged from a month ago. The figures were released Friday by the state’s Agency for Workforce Innovation.

Duval County’s unemployment rate in February was 3.4 percent, down from 3.7 percent a year ago.

The rates in Clay (3 percent), Nassau (2.9 percent) and St. Johns (2.7 percent) counties were all down from a year ago. Baker County’s 3.1 percent rate was up from 3 percent a year ago.

The number of nonagricultural jobs in the Jacksonville metro area in January was 635,000, up by about 6,000 from a year ago.

Source: Jacksonville Business Journal


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