Gainesville-area jobless rate rose to 6 percent in June

The Grooveshark display is seen during Start Up Downtown, an exhibition and job fair on Thursday, in Gainesville.

Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Friday, July 19, 2013 at 11:18 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 19, 2013 at 3:26 p.m.

The Gainesville area's unemployment rate rose from 5.3 percent in May to 6.0 percent in June due to seasonal declines and fewer local and state government jobs, while the state and national jobless rates remained flat.

Florida's unemployment rate remained at 7.1 percent over the month with 665,000 unemployed out of a labor force of 9,416,000 in June. The state jobless rate was down from 8.8 percent in June 2012. The number of jobs increased 9,300 over May and 127,200 over June 2012 for a growth rate equal to the national rate of 1.7 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 7.6 percent over the month and was down from 8.2 percent in June 2012.

Despite the seasonal decrease in employment over the month in the Gainesville Metropolitan Statistical Area of Alachua and Gilchrist counties, the number of jobs was up by 3,700 over the year for a 3.0 percent growth rate, dropping the unemployment rate from 7.4 percent to 6.0 percent.

Total government jobs in Gainesville dropped by 1,100 for the year while all private sector categories saw increases or were flat, led by 1,300 more jobs in education and health services, 1,100 in leisure and hospitality, 800 in professional and business services and 700 in retail trade.

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