County jobless rate drops below 6%

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10:35 AM.

“While we are pleased to see positive indicators in some areas, we know that our rural counties continue to face challenges in bringing new jobs into their communities,” said Kim Bodine, executive director of CSGC. “Franklin County has been impacted negatively by the fisheries failure, which is hard to detect with the methods used in determining the unemployment rate and is not usually reflected accurately in these numbers.

“Gulf County is working hard to attract more jobs, but it is a challenge,” Bodine said. “There are many signs of continued economic recovery, but we need to see wages make a stronger post-recession gain. Wage gains drive consumer spending, which helps drive hiring.”

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