TALLAHASSEE – The latest figures from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity show Pinellas County’s unemployment numbers unchanged for June.
Preliminary not seasonally adjusted unemployment for the county was 6 percent – unchanged from the revised numbers for May. The preliminary report for May showed the county’s unemployment at 5.9 percent. The unemployment rate in June 2013 was 7.5 percent.
Unemployment is up slightly for the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan statistical area with June’s preliminary not seasonally adjusted rate at 6.3 percent compared to May’s revised figure of 6.2 percent, which was unchanged from the preliminary report.
The big news is the local MSA’s return to the top three for over-the-year job growth. May marked the first time in more than a year that the local area did not make the top three. The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater MSA was No. 1 out of the 23 MSAs in the state for most of 2013. It dropped to No. 3 for the first four months of 2014. It did not make the top three in May.
In June, the local MSA, which includes Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties, came in third out of the state’s 22 metro areas for over-the-year job growth. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford was No. 1 adding 39,100 jobs. Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall was No. 2 with 29,600 jobs. The local MSA reported job gains of 25,300.
Pinellas County tied with Manatee, Charlotte and Suwannee for the No. 38 rank out of the state’s 67 counties. Hernando County ranked No. 8 with 7.9 percent unemployment. Pasco ranked No. 21 with 6.9 percent, and Hillsborough tied with Martin County for No. 31 with a rate of 6.2 percent.
Hendry County ranked No. 1 with the state’s highest unemployment rate of 10.6 percent. Walton County ranked No. 68 with unemployment of 3.4 percent.
The local MSA tied with Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Pompano Beach for the No. 8 rank out of 23 metropolitan statistical areas and metropolitan divisions. The Palm Coast MSA ranked No. 1 with unemployment of 8.8 percent. Crestview-Ft. Walton Beach-Destin ranked No. 23 with 4.6 percent unemployment.
The DEO reports that the state has 237,500 more jobs than it did in June 2013, bringing the total to 7.8 million. June was the 47th consecutive month of positive annual job growth. The industry with the most gains was trade, transportation and utilities with 52,500 new jobs.
The state’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly going from 6.1 percent in May to 6.2 percent in June. Unemployment was 7.7 percent in June 2013. National unemployment rate, not seasonally adjusted, was 6.3 percent, up from 6.1 percent in May. The national rate in June 2013 was 7.8 percent.
July’s preliminary unemployment report is scheduled for release on Aug. 15.