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By Al Everson
posted Jan 23, 2013 - 12:18:13pm
Unemployment continues to fall, according to the latest information released by state and local agencies.
The December jobless number for Volusia County was 8.1 percent, down from the 8.4 percent posted for November. The Center for Business Excellence — formerly known as the Workforce Development Board — also showed unemployment in Flagler County last month was 11.2 percent. Flagler County has one of the highest unemployment rates in Florida.
The latest report by the Center for Business Excellence notes the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach metropolitan area gained jobs in several sectors over the past year.
Transportation, utilities, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing and government increased their employment slots, while professional and business services, information, financial activities and other services shrank. Sectors such as education, health services and construction remained unchanged.
The December report on local unemployment was probably bolstered by the hiring of seasonal workers for the Christmas merchandising season, and the end of those temporary jobs may cause a blip in the next monthly summary, due to be released Feb. 15.
“There was a suspicion this report might show that, but it may not show up until the February report,” said Rick Fraser, president of the Center for Business Excellence.
The statewide unemployment rate for December was 8 percent, a modest improvement over the 8.1 percent for November. The U.S. national jobless number for last month was 7.8 percent.
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