State’s unemployment rate drops to lowest in three years
New numbers out today from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity show the unemployment rate has decreased in the state, falling to 9.4%. That’s the lowest it’s been in three years. Regionally, Workforce Connection reports the rate in Citrus, Levy and Marion Counties dropped to 10.7, which is the first time it has been below 11% in all 3 counties since December of 2008. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chris Peralta spoke with Workforce Connection CEO Rusty Skinner about the drop.
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