Leon Jobs Down in May, Labor Force Decreases

The latest employment information shows that Leon County lost 532 jobs in May, 2018. One year ago Leon County lost 1,246 jobs in May. This month’s job losses follows a gain of 191 jobs in April.

Despite the job losses, the unemployment rate fell from 3.2% in April to 3.1% in May. This decline was due, in part, to a reduction in people looking for work when compared to the previous month.

One year ago the unemployment rate was 3.7%.

The Leon County Jobs Report, listed below, indicates that 149,209 people were working in May 2018. This is 2,674 (1.82%) more than the 146,535 reported working in May of last year.

Also, the labor force expanded when compared to one year ago. In May 2018, the workforce was 153,946 compared to 152,140 last year.

At the state-level, Florida added 71,000 jobs in May and the labor force increased by 68,000. The unemployment rate remained the same at 3.4%.

The chart below shows that monthly level of jobs in Leon County over the last three years with 12-month average trend line. As the chart shows, the current monthly trends are consistent with the movement in jobs over the last two years. Also, the trend line shows a steady increase in jobs beginning in January, 2016.

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