The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the United States economy added 172,000 jobs in January and the unemployment rate fell to 4.9%. But for Florida and Leon County, the numbers went the other way.
At the state level, full time jobs decreased by 23,000 while the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.1% in January, 2016. The state unemployment rate was 4.8% in December, 2015.
Following the state-wide trend, Leon County started 2016 by losing 700 jobs.
The numbers show that there were 141,738 people employed in Leon County in December 2015. That number fell by 702 to 141,036 jobs in January, 2016. The number of people looking for work in January held steady when compared to December, 2015.
The data, provided by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, was released on March 14 and included a number of revisions for 2015 which are included in the 24-month employment trend provided below.
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The graph shows that employment in Leon County has been unable to keep the gains reported in September and October of 2014. During that time period approximately 146,000 people were employed. Since then, the peaks and valleys have resulted in a slow erosion of jobs.
What about February numbers?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported earlier this month that the US economy added 242,000 jobs in February. For Florida and Leon County, February numbers will be released on March 25th, 2016.