The unemployment rate in the Volusia and Flagler region declined by 1.2% over the year to 5.1% this past November. Out of a labor force of 280,256, there were 14,394 unemployed residents in the region, according to CareerSource.
Broken down separately, the unemployment rate was 5.1% in Volusia County and 5.6% in Flagler County.
Nonagricultural employment in the region was 190,100 in November. This figure was up 6,000 jobs over the year, and 0.3% above statewide growth.
The region tied for second-highest over the year for growth in information employment, 100 jobs, with three other areas in Florida.
The following areas grew faster than statewide: professional and business services, up 9.9%; manufacturing, up 5.8%; information, up 3.8%; financial activities, up 3.5%; and government, up 2.9%.
Sheriff cracks down on DUI
Motorists who drive while impaired will face stepped up enforcement and zero tolerance during a series of saturation patrols that the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office kicked off Dec. 20, according to the agency.
Part of an effort to improve road safety, the operation will include a high-visibility concentration of traffic units which will be targeting traffic trouble spots.
Supported by grant funding from the Florida Dept. of Transportation, the DUI enforcement patrols will be conducted throughout 2016.