St. Johns County’s labor force rises, pushing jobless rate to 4%

Florida  has paid 2.3 million jobless claims over the past year.

St. Johns County’s unemployment rate increased in June as more people entered the job market.

While the rate rose to 4% in June from 3.2% in May, 2,032 more residents are now in the labor market, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s monthly release.

The jobless number increased by 1,189 (5,725 in June from 4,736 in May). Employers added 843 more jobs — 137,217 in June compared to 136,374 in May.

Even with the increase in the unemployment rate, St. Johns County is still the second-lowest in the state behind Monroe at 3.5%. It was at 3.1% in May.

Previous coverage:Florida unemployment rate inches up to 4.8% in April as people slowly return to workforce

In the CareerSource Northeast Florida Region — which includes Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties — the jobless rate was at 5.1% for June. It was 8.9% in June 2020. In the region, the leisure and hospitality industry added 9,500 jobs and the mining,

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