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Posted: 10:22 a.m. Friday, May 20, 2011
By Adam Kirk, Rich Jones
Jacksonville, FL —
For the first time in awhile, the Jacksonville metro area saw unemployment fall below double digits. The five county metro area's April unemployment rate is 9.7%.
Duval County is still in double digits, at 10.3%. Candace Moody with WorkSource says some people are dropping out of the job market altogether.
"They're no longer counted as part of the labor force, and we've been able to see our labor force in northeast Florida decline a little bit. People just choosing not to work".
The state unemployment rate has declined for the fourth month in a row. The Agency for Workforce Innovation reports the April rate was 10.8%, a drop of 0.3 percentage point from the prior month.That's still higher than the national rate of 9 percent.
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