Franklin County last month saw its jobless rate jump by a mere one-tenth of 1 percentage point, even as the labor force continued to shrink.
At 3.5 percent in July, Franklin tied with Pinellas, Orange and Seminole for seventh best in the state, behind Wakulla and Nassau at 3.4, Monroe at 3.2, Walton at 3.1 and Okaloosa and St. Johns County, the best at 3 percent.
According to preliminary numbers released Friday, Franklin’s jobless rate in July meant 169 people were on the jobless rolls, four more than in June, as the labor force shrunk by 19 workers, from 4,864 to 4,845.
The county’s July rate was a tad higher than one year ago, when it was 3.4 percent, and the labor force was bigger, at 4,897, and the jobless rolls a little smaller, at 167.
The unemployment rates in Bay County, at 3.6 percent, and Gulf County, at 3.9 percent, remained unchanged.
“We continue to see strong job growth year over year,” said Kim Bodine, executive director for CareerSource Gulf Coast, which encompasses all three counties. “Our economy seems to be continuing to grow even in areas not related to our traditionally strong tourism industry.”
Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in July, down one-tenth of 1 percentage point from the June rate, and down four-tenths of 1 percentage point from a year ago. There were 383,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10.2 million. The U.S. unemployment rate was slightly higher, at 3.9 percent in July.