Levy County’s unemployment rate broke a new barrier in June rising to 11.4 percent as the state rate rose to 10.6 percent.
The report released by the state Agency for Workforce Innovation means another 211 persons filed unemployment claims in June.
Out of a labor force of 17,147 in Levy County, 15,198 people are employed and 1,949 are unemployed. Statewide, the labor force of 9.242 million has 996,000 jobless persons.
The June figure represents an increase of 0.5 percentage points over May’s jobless rate of 10.9 percent for Levy County and an increase from 6.9 percent in June 2008.
Statewide the rate rose 0.3 percent statewide from May’s jobless rate and 4.6 percentage points in the past year.
The state agency said that the downturn in jobs started in the construction industry and has spread across all other industries. That even includes the government sector where statewide 5,200 jobs have been lost.
For those who are still employed, the federal minimum wage increases from $6.55 an hour to $7.25 on Friday, July 24. This increase will affect those who are earning Florida’s $7.21 minimum wage, as the law requires the workers be paid the higher of the two wages.