Levy unemployment drops to 11.4

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Lowest point in at least 18 months

By The Staff

Unemployment in Levy County dropped to 11.4 percent in February, a figure not seen for at least two years.

The February unemployment rate represents a 1 percent drop from January's adjusted rate of 12.4 percent. according to a press release from CLM Workforce Connection, the regional employment agency serving Levy, Marion and Citrus counties.

In Levy County, the number of those with jobs increased by 63 to 15,260 out of a civilian force of 17,222. Those without jobs dropped by 182 to 1,962. In January 2,144 were jobless out of a civilian workforce of 17,341.

Joblessness in the region dropped to 12.7 percent, down 1.1  percent since January and down 1 percent from the same time last year. Out of a regional labor force of 207,373, there were 26,418  without jobs in February, a drop of 2,279 in the total number unemployed.
Unemployment in Marion County was 13.2 percent, down from 14.2 percent in January. Citrus County was 12.1 percent, down from 13.4 percent in January.

The last time Marion County was lower than 13.2 percent was last May when it was 13.1 percent; the last time it was below 13 percent was July 2009.

 The last time the jobless rate was this low in Levy County was: June 2009 when it was 11.2 percent and October 2009 when it was 11.5 percent.