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Columbia County ranks 5th in the nation in the unemployed Unemployment hovering at 11.3%

graph of unemployment in the US and Florida
If Columbia County was a state, with its unemployment rate of 11.3%, it would rank 5th in the nation in the unemployed. The Workforce region is being hammered with a 11.2% rate.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November 2010 is 12.0 percent. This represents 1,110,000 jobless. Using national numbers, Florida lags the nation by .1% in new job creation.

If Columbia County was a state, with its unemployment rate of 11.3%, it would rank 5th in the nation in the unemployed. The Workforce region is being hammered with a 11.2% rate.

Overview of the Florida Crown Workforce Region

Graph of unemployment in Workforce region 7The unemployment rate in the Florida Crown Workforce region (Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, and Union Counties) was 11.2 percent in November 2010. This was an increase of 0.2 percentage points from the region’s year ago rate. In November 2010, the region’s unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points below the state rate of 12.2 percent. Out of a labor force of 50,089 in the region, there were 5,616 unemployed.

Employment by industry in the Florida Crown Workforce Development region totaled 30,907 in March 2010 (the latest available data). Industry employment declined by 2.9 percent over the year, compared to -2.6 percent for the state.

The Florida Crown region lost 931 jobs in March 2010 over the year. Among industries, trade, transportation, and utilities added 170 jobs, natural resources and mining added 125 jobs, education and health services added 78 jobs, government added 40 jobs and other services added 14 jobs. The greatest job losses were posted by: professional and business services (-496 jobs); manufacturing (-380 jobs); construction (-236 jobs); leisure and hospitality (-213 jobs); information (-31 jobs); and financial activities were essentially flat (-2 jobs).

Four of the region’s industry sectors had positive job growth in the area but declined in the state; natural resources and mining (+18.9 percent); other services (+3.3 percent); trade, transportation and utilities (+3.2 percent); and government (+0.4 percent).

Where are Florida's jobs?

For more information visit these sources:
Agency for Workforce Innovation
Workforce Florida
US Bureau of Labor Statistics
Florida Crown

The industry gaining the most jobs is private education and health services (+28,900 jobs, +2.7 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs include:  leisure and hospitality (+21,400 jobs, +2.4 percent); other services (+13,600 jobs, +4.4 percent); professional and business services (+10,100 jobs, +1.0 percent); and trade, transportation, and utilities (+5,900, +0.4 percent). 

These industry job gains are partially due to increases in ambulatory health care services; accommodation; membership associations and organizations; computer systems design; and general merchandise stores.

The industries losing jobs over the year include:  construction (-12,900 jobs, -3.6 percent), manufacturing (-9,200 jobs, -3.0 percent), financial activities (-8,100 jobs, -1.7 percent), total government (-7,900 jobs, -0.7 percent), and information (-5,500 jobs, -3.9 percent).

These industry job losses are partially due to weakness in specialty trade contractors, fabricated metal product manufacturing, real estate, federal government, and telecommunications.

Florida Wide Local Area Unemployment Statistics

In November 2010, Liberty County has the state’s lowest unemployment rate (8.1 percent), followed by Monroe County (8.5 percent); Alachua County (8.6 percent); Leon, Okaloosa, and Wakulla counties (8.7 percent each); and Walton County (8.9 percent).  Most of the counties with the lowest unemployment rates were those with relatively high proportions of government employment.

Hendry County (17.9 percent) has the highest unemployment rate in Florida in November 2010, followed by Flagler County (16.6 percent), Hernando and St. Lucie counties (15.2 percent each), and Marion County (14.6 percent).  Hendry County’s unemployment rate remains the highest in the state, as seasonal increases in agricultural employment are not enough to offset continued weakness in other industries.  Other counties with the highest unemployment rates were experiencing continued weakness in construction.  There are 55 Florida counties with double-digit unemployment rates in November, up from 48 the previous month.  

Area Nonagricultural Employment

Ten metro areas out of 22 in the state have over-the-year job gains.  The three areas with the largest gains are Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (+11,600 jobs, +1.2 percent), West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach (+5,700 jobs, +1.1 percent), and Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall (+4,900 jobs, +0.5 percent).

Of the metro areas with job declines, the three areas with the largest losses are Ft. Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach (-5,300 jobs, -0.8 percent), Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville (-2,500 jobs, -1.3 percent), and Jacksonville (-1,600 jobs, -0.3 percent).

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