The latest employment report for February 2021 shows continued improvement in local jobs numbers. The last report included annual revisions of job numbers by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and indicated that Leon County employment was at 94% of pre-pandemic levels. The February report – released on March 26 – shows Leon County is at approximately 97% of pre-pandemic job numbers.
The report shows that Leon County added 2,509 jobs in February. One year ago Leon County added 1,182 jobs. The unemployment rate in February 2021 decreased to 3.8% from 4.3% in January 2021. One year ago the February unemployment rate was 3.0%.
The number of people working in February 2021 is less when compared to last year. The Leon County Jobs Report, listed below, indicates that 148,277 people were working in February 2021. This is 3,842 less than the 152,119 people reported working in February 2020.
Also, the labor force decreased when compared to one year ago. The February 2021 workforce was 154,115 compared to 156,850 during February last year.
At the state-level, 136,000 jobs were added in February after a gain of 18,000 jobs in January, 2021. The February unemployment rate decreased to 5.0% from the January 2021 rate of 5.3%.
The chart below shows the monthly level of jobs in Leon County over the last three years with a 12-month average trend line.
After several months of growth following the impact of COVID mitigation policies, Leon County employment remained approximately 8,000 jobs below pre-pandemic levels from September through December. However, job growth has increased during January and February 2021.