Gainesville — CareerSource North Central Florida Executive Director Frank Avery today announced that the Alachua and Bradford County unemployment rates today dropped to 3.0% each according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The Gainesville metro area gained 3,640 new jobs over the past year.
“We’re very pleased with the rate of job growth this year, especially in the last several weeks,” said Executive Director Frank Avery. “Putting Floridians back to work is our priority, and we’re excited to see our efforts progress in such a positive way, particularly with the significant expansions we’re seeing by our healthcare businesses over the last year.”
In September, CareerSource NCFL assisted 1,698 businesses including hiring for 544 available positions. 2773 Alachua and Bradford County residents were assisted in September by the Gainesville and Starke career centers, including 336 veterans.
The Department of Economic Opportunity also provided more economic indicators for the Gainesville MSA, including:
- The Gainesville MSA had the fastest annual job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in other services (+6.5 percent) in September 2017.
- The Gainesville MSA had the second fastest annual job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in leisure and hospitality (+3.2 percent) in September 2017.
- The other services (+6.5 percent); education and health services (+3.2 percent); leisure and hospitality (+3.2 percent); financial activities (+3.0 percent); professional and business services (+2.1 percent); and trade, transportation, and utilities (+2.0 percent) industries grew faster in the metro area than statewide over the year.
- The industries gaining in jobs over the year were: education and health services (+800 jobs); leisure and hospitality (+500 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (+400 jobs); professional and business services (+300 jobs); other services (+300 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (+200 jobs); and financial activities (+200 jobs).