Franklin County’s unemployment rate in May was essentially unchanged, dropping a tad to 3.2 percent, as the county remains in the middle of the pack among Florida’s 67 counties, just above the state average.
According to preliminary numbers released Friday, Franklin’s jobless rate declined by one-tenth of 1 percent, with one person added to the jobless rolls, which now number 162.
The labor force grew by 110 workers, from 4,918 in April to 5,028 in May. One year ago, both the labor force, at 4,916, and the jobless rolls, at 138, were smaller, and the unemployment rate was four-tenths of 1 percentage point better.
The unemployment rate in the other two counties in CareerSource Gulf Coast region, Bay and Gulf, was higher in May. In Gulf it was 4.6 percent, tied for worst in the state, and in Gulf it was 3.6 percent.
The Franklin County unemployment rate was better than the national average, which was 3.4 percent, but worse than the state average, which was 3.1 percent.
It was about midway among all Florida counties, tied with Columbia, Miami-Dade, Okeechobee and Suwannee, but worse than Brevard, DeSoto, Duval, Osceola, Palm Beach and Washington, all at 3.1 percent; than Baker, Broward, Escambia, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee and Sarasota, all at 3 percent; Bradford, Leon, Manatee, Martin and Pinellas, all at 2.9 percent; Alachua, Clay, Collier, Nassau, Orange, Santa Rosa, Seminole, Union and Wakulla, all at 2.8 percent; Lafayette at 2.7, Walton at 2.6, Okaloosa and St. Johns at 2.5, and Monroe, best in the state, at 2.1 percent.