The latest jobs report shows that there were 148,970 people working in Leon County in May, which is 23 more than last month. The May unemployment rate came in at 4.5%, down from the 4.7% reported last month. One year ago the May, 2020 unemployment rate was 9.0%. In May, 2019 the unemployment rate was 2.9%.
Due to the COVID pandemic, 2020 job comparisons are not as meaningful as comparisons to 2019 job data. Therefore, the Leon County Jobs Report, provided below, includes 2019 data.
The number of people working in May 2021 was 148,997. This is 619 less than those working in May 2019, but is approximately 16,900 more than in May 2020.
The labor force – those looking for jobs – came in at 156, 002, which was 1,933 greater than the number reported in May 2019.
At the state-level, 107,000 jobs were added in May when compared to April 2021. The May unemployment rate decreased to 5.0% from the 5.2% reported in April.
The chart below shows the monthly level of jobs in Leon County over the last 37 months with a 12-month average trend line. The highlighted numbers relate to employment levels for the month of May back to 2018.