St. Johns County Boasts Lowest Unemployment Rate In State

The overall state unemployment rate dropped in January, according to numbers released Monday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.8% in January 2021, down 0.3 of percentage point from the revised December 2020 rate and up 1.5 percentage points from a year ago. There were 482,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10.07 million. The U.S. unemployment rate was 6.3% in January.

In January, St. Johns County and Monroe County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate (3.5% each), followed by Wakulla County (3.7%). St. Johns County had a rate of 2.6% in December.

Duval County saw its rate go from 3.5% in December to 4.7% in January. Clay County also saw its rate increase month to month from 2.8% to 4%. Nassau County saw a similar movement as its rate from from 2.9% to 4% in January.

Miami-Dade County had the highest unemployment rate (8.1%) in Florida in January 2021, followed by Osceola County (7%), Hamilton County (6.7%) and Putnam County (6.6%).


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