The unemployment rate in the Flagler and Volusia counties was 6% in May, according to CareerSource.
The rate was 0.8 percentage point lower than the region’s year-ago rate of 6.8 percent, and 0.4 percentage point above the May, 2015, state rate of 5.6 percent.
Out of a labor force of 282,161, there were 17,045 unemployed residents in the region.
The May unemployment rates were 6.6% percent in Flagler County and 5.9% in Volusia County.
Eight of the 10 major industries gained jobs over the year, led by education and health services (1,800 jobs),
followed by professional and business services (1,300 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (600 jobs);
government (500 jobs); leisure and hospitality (400 jobs); manufacturing and financial activities (200 jobs each); and mining, logging, and construction (100 jobs).
Information lost 200 jobs and “other services” was unchanged.
Some areas grew faster than state-wide: professional and business services increased 6.4%; education and health services 5%; government 2.1%; and manufacturing 1.9%.
Annual wages increased from 2013 to 2014. In Flagler County, the amount went from $31,414 to $31443; and in Volusia County, wages increased from $34,949 to $36,037.
Halifax Health expands neo-natal care
Halifax Health has embarked on a one million dollar construction project that will expand its Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit from nine to 14 beds.
“Now, even more newborn babies who require intensive care can stay close to home, giving parents a better opportunity to be present and bond with their babies without the stress of having to travel to hospitals outside of Volusia and Flagler counties,” said Catherine Luchsinger, chief nursing officer for Halifax Health.
Located in the Center for Women and Infant Health at Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach, the NICU provides unique services for approximately 200 newborns each year who require intensive care due to prematurity or illness diagnosed around the time of delivery.