North Central Florida Job Market Update | September 2023

In August, Florida’s unemployment rate increased to 2.8%, with 309,000 unemployed out of a labor force of 11,154,000. Over the month, Florida saw an increase in unemployment by 6,000 compared to last month’s unemployment level of 303,000. Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment was 9,796,400 in September 2023 and increased by 19,600 jobs, or 0.2%, over the month. Additionally, the state gained 241,200 jobs over the year, rising by 2.5% compared to the national job rate increasing by 2.1% in 2023.

United States and Florida Unemployment Rates (Seasonally Adjusted)

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.8 percent in September 2023, up 0.1 percentage point from August 2023 and 0.1 percentage point from a year ago.

Job Growth Among All States (Over-the-year Change)

  • Florida gained the 3rd most jobs (+241,200 jobs)
  • Texas gained the most jobs (+435,800 jobs)
  • Rhode Island lost the most jobs (-3,500 jobs)

North Central Florida Labor Numbers

Locally, in Alachua County, the labor force, or the number of individuals employed and seeking employment, in September was 150,353, while employment in the county was 145,699, compared to the August labor force of 145,124 and the employment level of 140,300. In the same month, Gainesville’s unemployment remained at a low of 3.1%.

Many job opportunities are available throughout the state, with more than 424,000 jobs posted online! We encourage Floridians searching for new job opportunities to visit our network at CareerSource North Central Florida for help. If you want to learn more about available jobs in the North Central Florida area, email [email protected].