Florida, First Coast post third straight month of unemployment rate decreases | Jacksonville News, Sports and Entertainment

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The Florida and First Coast unemployment rates for April saw another decline in the jobless figures.

Numbers released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity released Friday show the April state unemployment rate dropped to 4 percent, falling from the 4.5 percent rate in March before seasonal adjustments. The First Coast area saw the unemployment figure go from 4.1 percent in March to 3.8 percent in April before seasonal adjustments.

Both the state and First Coast figures are lower than the national unemployment rate which fell from 4.6 percent in March to 4.1 percent in April before seasonal adjustments.

Even after seasonal adjustments, which take into account factors such as increased hiring in the spring, the state unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent in April, down from the March unemployment rate of 4.8 percent.

It’s the third month in a row that the state and First Coast area saw unemployment rates drop. The streak of upbeat jobs news comes after a rocky start to 2107 when the January figures brought an uptick in the unemployment rates.

The First Coast’s unemployment rate for April is down from a year ago when the jobless figure was 4.4 percent. The First Coast area includes Duval, St. Johns, Nassau, Clay and Baker counties.

Gov. Rick Scott said in a prepared statement the job growth in the Jacksonville area in the past year is on the upswing.

“Jacksonville area businesses created 19,000 jobs over the year in April, which means thousands more Floridians have opportunities to get real jobs and provide for their families,” Scott said.

The transportation and utilities sector had the most job growth on the First Coast in the past year with about 4,700 jobs created. The education and health services industry came in a close second on the First Coast with about 4,600 jobs created in the past 12 months.

Duval County, the First Coast’s largest employer, saw the monthly jobless figure drop…

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