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St. Johns County unemployment up slightly, still down from last year


St. Johns County’s unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.7 percent in June 2016 from 3.2 percent in May, according to a report issued in July by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The county’s current unemployment rate is down from 4 percent registered in June 2015.

St. Johns County is currently tied for the second lowest unemployment rate in the state.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in June 2016, unchanged from the May 2016 rate and down 0.6 percentage point from 5.3 percent a year ago. There were 453,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 9,744,000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in June.

In June 2016, Monroe County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate (3.1 percent), followed by Hamilton and St. Johns counties (3.7 percent each) and Okaloosa County (4.0 percent). Hendry County had the highest unemployment rate (10.0 percent) in Florida in June 2016, followed by Citrus and Highlands counties (6.8 percent each) and Sumter County (6.6 percent).

The labor force in St. Johns County increased slightly from May to 115,153 in June, which is also an increase from 112,905 at this time last year. The number of unemployed increased from 3,623 in May to 4,299 in June.

St. Johns County is included in the Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area along with Duval, Clay, Nassau and Baker counties. This statistical area saw an increase in its unemployment rates from 4.1 percent in May to 4.7 percent in June. Both rates are improvements from the 5.5 percent registered in June 2015.

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