Please contact Jannet Walsh, Community Relations/Communications Manager at Workforce Connection, for
additional information at 352-873-7939 ext. 1234 or e-mail

July 16, 2010
Unemployment Rate Increase in Citrus, Levy and Marion Counties
Today’s release of unemployment data for Citrus, Levy and Marion Counties
from the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation (AWI) indicated an increase in
unemployment rates in the three counties, region, with the state and nation
decreasing for June 2010.
Workforce Connection’s Region, including Citrus, Levy and Marion Counties,
posted a 13.9 percent unemployment rate, up .3 percent from last month. The
State of Florida’s rate inched down from .3 percent to 11.4 percent in June 2010.
The nation’s current unemployment rate is 9.5 percent for June 2010, edging
down from .2 percent from May 2010.
Marion County posted a 13.9 percent unemployment rate for June 2010, a
in/decrease of .3 percent from May 2010. The Ocala Metropolitan Statistical Area
(MSA) is currently ranked third highest in Florida for unemployment, up from
fourth ranking the previous month. The Ocala metro area’s June 2010
nonagricultural employment decreased by 2,900 jobs or .3.1 percent from the
previous year.
Citrus County followed with a rate of 13.3 percent, an increase of .6 percent from
the previous month. Levy County posted 13.1 percent, an increase of .7 percent
from June 2010.
Rusty Skinner, Workforce Connection Chief Executive Officer, stated, “The loss
of governmental jobs shrinkage by 1,618 job, 618 for census, hard to determine
the number that are loss. I’m puzzled by the jump back up, pos shift of census
worker and other governmental jobs. There is not enough information at this
point, not to determine.”
“Everyone should be comforted that we are parting economic, Ocala/Marion
County Economic Develop Corporation, the Ocala/Marion County Chamber of
Commerce to bring businesses to area and expand local businesses. When you
have swing of more than 400 workers in one month in Marion County, that is
going to throw things off. It is tough right now. Job candidates need to come into

the Workforce center each week. If they become discourage and not looking,
they become their worst enemies,” said Skinner.
The number of individuals without jobs in Marion County increased from 18,261
to 18,659 from May to June. The number of unemployed individuals increased
from 7,251 to 7,540 in Citrus County and from 2,049 to 2,158 in Levy County.
To get a full copy of the June 2010 Unemployment Data or to find out more about
upcoming events and services, go to or call toll free 1800-434-JOBS and speak to a Workforce Representative.
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