CareerSource North Central Florida Executive Director Frank Avery today announced that the Alachua and Bradford Counties unemployment rate dropped to 3.0% and 3.1% respectively; Alachua County is tied with 5 other counties for the fourth lowest rate in the Florida according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The Gainesville metro area gained 2,100 new jobs over the past year, the fifth highest among Florida metro areas.
In April, CareerSource NCFL assisted 338 businesses hiring for 626 available positions. 2751 Alachua and Bradford County residents were assisted by the Gainesville and Starke career centers. Employment in the professional and business services industry grew by 8.6% year-over-year.
The Department of Economic Opportunity also provided more economic indicators for the Gainesville MSA, including:
- Nonagricultural employment in the Alachua-Bradford County region was 146,100 in April 2018, an increase of 1.5% from a year ago.
- Alachua and Bradford Counties were ranked fourth and fifth among the lowest unemployment rates, at 3.0% and 3.1% respectively, out of all 66 Florida counties. The lowest rate, 2.7%, was recorded in St. Johns and Okaloosa Counties.
- The Gainesville MSA had the second lowest unemployment rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in other services (3.1% percent) in April 2018.
- The Gainesville MSA added 2,100 jobs since April 2017 – a 1.5% increase – and 1,100 jobs since March 2018, equating to a 0.8% monthly change.
- The other services (+2.3%) education and health services (+2.0%), and professional and business services (+8.6) industries grew faster in the metro area than statewide over the year. There was no changes in the leisure and hospitality and financial activities industries.
- The industries gaining in jobs over the year were the education and health services (+500 jobs); professional and business services (+1,200 jobs); and other services (+100 jobs).
- In April, the Alachua-Bradford County region saw the biggest growth in the professional and business services and the education and health services industries.
- The Alachua-Bradford County region’s over-the-year growth rate in the professional and business services industry was stronger than statewide growth rates in the industry (8.6% growth rate compared to the state’s 2.7% growth rate).