North Central Florida Job Market Update | March 2024

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) press release, the national unemployment rate was 3.5 percent in March 2023, down 0.1% from February 2023 and 3.6% from a year ago. Total nonagricultural employment was 155,569,000 in March 2023, an increase of 236,000 jobs (+0.2 percent) over the month and an increase of 4,145,000 jobs (+2.7%) over the year.

United States and Florida Year-to-date seasonally adjusted unemployment rates.

March 2024 Nonagricultural Employment for the Ten Most Populous States

  1. Texas: 14,115,700
  2. California: 17,996,200
  3. Florida: 9,899,100
  4. New York: 9,825,100
  5. Pennsylvania: 6,148,900
  6. North Carolina: 4,978,000
  7. Georgia: 4,949,500
  8. Michigan: 4,475,300
  9. Ohio: 5,644,300
  10. Illinois: 6,139,100

North Central Florida Area’s Employment Growth

In March 2024, Alachua County had a labor force of 146,097, but the unemployment rate increased by 0.4% to 3.7%, with a level of 5,412. The city of Gainesville’s labor force was 153,677, with employment at 147,961 and an unemployment level of 5,716. It has the same unemployment rate of 3.7%.

There are job opportunities available across the state thanks to resources like CSNCFL. We encourage Floridians searching for new job opportunities to visit our network at for support. For any questions or inquiries, email