Sarasota-Manatee jobless rate hits 5% in June as more people seek work

Sarasota-Manatee's unemployment rate hit 5% in June.

Sarasota-Manatee’s combined unemployment rate hit 5% in June as the local labor force grew by about 10,000 jobs.

The latest jobless rate represented a significant increase over the previous month, when unemployment was 4.1% in the two-county region. Sarasota County had a 4.9% unemployment rate in June and Manatee County’s was 5%. Local unemployment numbers are not seasonally adjusted. 

Employers in the region added 6,101 jobs to their payrolls between May and June, and the labor force also increased to 388,735 from 379,060 in May. 

The biggest year-over-year jobs gains in Sarasota-Manatee were in professional and business services, which added 5,400 jobs; leisure and hospitality, which added 3,200 jobs; and education and health services, which added 3,100 jobs. 

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