October 21, 2019 (Gainesville, Fla.) – CareerSource North Central Florida Executive Director Frank Avery reported that Alachua County, followed closely by Bradford County, had the lowest unemployment rate in the region with 2.8 percent and 2.9 percent. This rate lowered 0.1 percent from last year’s region’s rate of 2.9 percent. Meanwhile, the region’s September 2019 unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the state rate of 3.0 percent. Between Alachua and Bradford Counties, the labor force grew to 153,147—an increase of 1,598 over the last year, with 4,250 unemployed residents in the region.
In September, CareerSource NCFL partnered with 389 businesses hiring for 444 available positions and provided 1318 services to 218 employers. CareerSource North Central Florida assisted 2384 residents of Alachua and Bradford counties through its Gainesville and Starke career centers.
The Department of Economic Opportunity released more economic indicators for the Gainesville metropolitan statistical area (MSA), which covers Alachua and Gilchrist counties, including:
- In September 2019 Nonagricultural employment in the Gainesville MSA was 148,500, an increase of 1,300 jobs (+0.9 percent) over the year.
- The professional and business services (+4.0 percent) industry grew faster in the metro area than statewide over the year.
- The industries gaining in jobs over the year were: education and health services (+700 jobs); professional and business services (+600 jobs); government (+400 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (+100 jobs); financial activities (+100 jobs); and other services (+100 jobs).
- The manufacturing (-300 jobs); leisure and hospitality (-300 jobs); and trade, transportation, and utilities (-100 jobs) industries lost jobs over the year.
- The information industry was unchanged over the year.