The unemployment rate was down in both Flagler and Volusia.
CareerSource Flagler/Volusia, headquartered in Daytona Beach, recently reported August labor statistics for the area.
The unemployment rate in Flagler and Volusia counties was 6.9%, which was 0.9% lower than the region’s rate of 7.8% one year ago. It was 0.2% above the August, 2014, state rate of 6.7%.
Broken down into counties, the August 2014 unemployment rates were 9.5% in Flagler County and 6.5% in Volusia County.
Nonagricultural employment in Volusia County was 159,100 in August, 2014, which was up
2,300 jobs (1.5%) over the year. Statewide employment increased by 2.7% over the same time period.
Five of the 10 major industries gained jobs over the year, led by professional and business services (an additional 1,500 jobs).
Manufacturing increased 300 jobs; and mining, logging, and construction, and education and health services, increased 200 jobs each. “Other services” gained 500 jobs.
Trade, transportation, and utilities lost 200 jobs; and government and information lost 100 jobs each. Financial activities and leisure and hospitality were unchanged over the year.
Growing faster than other metro areas in the state were employment in professional and business services, which grew 8.6%, other services 6.8 percent%, and manufacturing 3.3 percent%.
Volusia County had the third highest annual employment growth rate in professional and business services (8.6%) of all the metro areas in Florida.