Alachua & Bradford Counties Improve on Unemployment Rates, Jobs in Services Industries Grow by 7% YTD

Alachua and Bradford Counties Industries grow by 7%
August 31, 2018 (Gainesville, Fla.) – CareerSource North Central Florida Executive Director Frank Avery announced today that the Alachua and Bradford counties continued to hold steady with the sixth lowest unemployment rates in the State, both sitting at 3.6%. Alachua County’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.6% while Bradford County’s unemployment rate remained the same as the previous month, showing a minor improvement for Alachua County which had an unemployment rate of 3.7% just last month. Both rates have dropped from last year’s unemployment percentages of 4.0% in Alachua County and 3.9% in Bradford County. Alachua and Bradford counties unemployment rates are lower than that of the state of Florida (4.0% unemployment) and the national average (4.1% unemployment).
Last month, CareerSource NCFL assisted 253 businesses hiring for 469 available positions. 2,831 Alachua and Bradford County residents were assisted by the Gainesville and Starke career centers.
The Department of Economic Opportunity also provided more economic indicators for the Gainesville metropolitan statistical area (MSA), covering Alachua and Gilchrest counties, including:
  • Nonagricultural employment in the region was 140,900 in July 2018, an increase of 1.8% (+2,500 jobs) from a year ago.
  • Alachua & Gilchrest counties were ranked sixth among the lowest unemployment rates, at 3.6%, out of all 66 Florida counties. The lowest rate, 3.0%, was recorded in St. Johns and Okaloosa Counties.
  • The professional and business services industry grew faster in the Gainesville metro area than anywhere else in the state year-over-year. The Gainesville MSA added 1,300 jobs in this industry, an increase of 9.2% between July 2017 and July 2018 compared to the state’s average growth rate of just 2.2%.
  • Additional industries gaining in jobs over the year were the education and health services (+700 jobs); government (+400 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (+300 jobs); other services (+300 jobs); and leisure and hospitality (+100 jobs). There were no changes in the financial activities, manufacturing, and transportation, warehousing, and utilities industries.
  • In July, the MSA region saw the biggest growth in the professional and business services and education and health services industries.
  • The other services industry saw an increase of 300 jobs, a 7% increase from July 2017. The state of Florida only saw a 2.8% increase in the industry year-over-year.
  • The mining, logging, and construction industry gained 300 jobs and rose by a rate of 5.4% from July 2017 to July 2018.