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Brevard County’s unemployment rate jumped from 3.3% in December to 4.5% in January, state officials reported Monday, in what was the first glimpse of how the local labor market is performing in 2021.

However, the increase in the local jobless rate was a reflection of more people entering the labor force looking for work, rather than a decrease in the number of people who have a job. In fact, the number of people who were employed in Brevard increased by 1,459 from December to January.

Brevard’s unemployment rate is lower than those of most other Florida counties and metropolitan areas.