November 22, 2019 (Gainesville, Fla.) CareerSource North Central Florida today announced that the Alachua and Bradford County unemployment rate was 2.7% in October, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The regional labor force was 152,386, up 957 available workers over the past year.
In October, CareerSource NCFL assisted 297 businesses in hiring for 360 available positions. Businesses posted 160 jobs over the last month. More than 2,570 Alachua and Bradford counties residents were assisted at the Gainesville and Starke career centers, including 96 veterans. Employment in education and healthcare positions grew by 500 jobs year-over-year.
This month the Gainesville Metro Services Area has seen the fastest annual-job growth rate compared to all other statewide metro service areas in professional and business services (+4.0 percent).
The Department of Economic Opportunity also provided more economic indicators for the Gainesville MSA (Alachua and Gilchrist counties), including:
- Nonagricultural employment in the Gainesville MSA (Alachua and Gilchrist counties) was 149,100 in October 2019, an increase of 0.7% over the year.
- In October, the Gainesville MSA (Alachua and Gilchrist counties) saw the biggest growth in professional and business services; education and health services; and government.
- The Gainesville MSA (Alachua and Gilchrist counties) professional and business services was highest in annual growth compared to all the other statewide metro areas.
- The Gainesville MSA (Alachua and Gilchrist counties) gained 1,000 jobs over the year, led by professional and business services (+600 jobs). Other major industries gaining jobs included education and health services (+500 jobs); government (+200 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (+100 jobs); and financial activities (+100 jobs).
- The unemployment rate in the CareerSource NCFL region (Alachua and Bradford counties) was 3.0% one year ago.
This project is supported by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor as part of an award totaling $290,048 with 0% financed from non-governmental sources.