Gainesville — CareerSource North Central Florida Executive Director Frank Avery today announced that unemployment rates for both Alachua and Bradford Counties dropped to 3.0%, a half-percent lower than the same time last year. Both counties are subsequently tied with 3 others having the fifth lowest unemployment rate in the state according to statistics released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The Gainesville metro area gained 2,300 new jobs over the past year, a 1.6% increase over the past year.
In May, CareerSource NCFL assisted 721 businesses hiring for 521 available positions. 3,014 Alachua County and Bradford County residents were assisted by the Gainesville and Starke career centers – 2,503 job seekers visited the Gainesville location while 511 job seekers visited the Starke Career Center. Employment in the professional and business services industry grew by 9.3% year-over-year.
The Department of Economic Opportunity also provided more economic indicators for the Gainesville MSA, including:
- Nonagricultural employment in the Alachua-Bradford County region was 143,000 in May 2018, an increase of 1.6% from a year ago.
- Alachua and Bradford Counties were ranked fifth among the lowest unemployment rates, at 3.0%, out of all 66 Florida counties. The lowest rate, 2.6%, was recorded in St. Johns and Okaloosa Counties.
- The Gainesville MSA had the second lowest unemployment rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in other services (3.0% percent) for the second month in a row.
- The Gainesville MSA added 2,300 jobs since May 2017 – a 1.6% increase. This was 2.1% lower than the number of jobs added in April 2018.
- The other services (+4.7%%), education and health services (+2.4%), and professional and business services (+9.3%), and government (+0.2%) industries grew faster in the Gainesville metro area than any other area in the state over the last year. There was no changes in the leisure and hospitality and financial activities industries.
- The industries gaining in jobs over the year were the professional and business services (+1,300 jobs); education and health services (+600 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (+200 jobs); other services (+200 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (+100 jobs); and government (+100 jobs).
- The Alachua-Bradford County region’s over-the-year growth rate in the professional and business services industry was stronger than statewide growth rates in the industry (9.3% growth rate compared to the state’s 2.9% growth rate).