Unemployment dropped to 10.3% in Flagler County, according to the latest numbers released by the Center for Business Excellence.
Nonagricultural employment in the Palm Coast metro area (Flagler County) was 20,000 in February 2013. Total nonagricultural employment was up 200 jobs (+1.0%) over the year. Statewide, employment increased by 1.9% over the same time period.
• Three of the 10 major industries gained jobs over the year, led by professional and business services (+300 jobs); leisure and hospitality (+200 jobs); and mining, logging, and construction (+100 jobs).
• Manufacturing, information, other services, and government (-100 jobs each) lost jobs over the year.
• Education and health services and financial activities remained unchanged over the year.
• Professional and business services (+15.0%); mining, logging, and construction (+12.5%); and leisure and hospitality (+6.7%) employment grew faster in the Palm Coast metro area than in the state.
• The Palm Coast metro area had the highest employment growth rate in professional and business services (+15.0%) for all metro areas in Florida.