In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, down slightly from 3.9 percent in April.
The national jobless rate, by comparison, fell to 4.7 percent for the month, down from 5 a month earlier. Compared to May 2015 when the rate was 4.7 percent, however, the number of people with jobs was up in the Gainesville Metropolitan Statistical Area of Alachua and Gilchrist counties.
Around the state, Honolulu City and County and Maui County unemployment rates were unchanged from April at 2.9 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively.
Calhoun County, the state’s 21st highest in unemployment, saw its rate decrease from 6.3 percent to 5.6 percent in May. The number of jobless residents fell by more than 10,000 to 255,467, the lowest number since December 2007. Government chipped in 6,900 jobs, while manufacturing created 6,700, and financial activities added 6,300.
There were 665,750 people employed in May, down from 668,050 the previous month, while the number unemployed increased to 22,300 from 22,000. It was 5.9 percent in May 2015.
“And that actually, the total all-industries, is the largest we’ve seen since 2000”, says Cara Welch with the state Employment Development Department. The unemployment rate is derived from a federal survey of 5,500 California households.
Sectors that lost jobs in the past year were logging and mining (down 1,585), information (down 1,303), other services (down 506) and manufacturing (down 218).
“More than 60 percent of all the jobs posted on Employ Georgia require a two-year degree or higher, so there are some good jobs being posted right now”, Butler said. In May, leisure and hospitality was the only sector to experience over-the-month job gains. Every metro area in Georgia added positions year over year, with the exception of Hinesville, which lost 100 jobs. That’s a fairly minor blip – though it allowed the state to boast job growth in 13 of the last 14 months. The rate of 65.4 percent is better than the USA average of 62.6 percent. Over the year, Trade, Transportation and Utilities added 4,000 (+0.7 percent) jobs.
Education and health services led all job sectors in May with 3,900 new jobs.