Suncoast unemployment rates take a plunge in the month of March. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity releasing state unemployment rates on Friday.
They show Manatee County with a jobless rate of 3.9% for March, a drop of 0.5%. Sarasota County showing a similar improvement with a March unemployment rate of 4%.
Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.8% in March, down 0.2 percentage point from 5% in February and down 0.1 percentage point from a year ago.
There were 483,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,108,000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in March. Florida saw an increase of 6,200 jobs over the month.