Leon Labor Force Shrinks, Unemployment Rate Falls

Leon Labor Force Shrinks, Unemployment Rate Falls

The latest jobs report shows that there were 148,621 people working in Leon County in August, which is 346 less than last month’s revised employment number.

The August unemployment rate came in at 4.7%, down from the 5.0% reported last month. The drop was due to 920 people leaving the workforce since last month. One year ago the August, 2020 unemployment rate was 6.8%. In August, 2019 the unemployment rate was 3.3%.

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 August 2021 was 295 more than those working in August 2019, but is 8,671 more than in August 2020.

The labor force – those looking for jobs – came in at 155,937, which was 2,545 greater than the number reported in August 2019.

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 August back to 2018.

At the state-level, no jobs were added in August when compared to July 2021. However, the August unemployment rate decreased from 5.1% to 5.0% due to 20,000 people leaving the workforce.

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