The unemployment rate in Hernando County shot up to 8.4 percent in July, the third consecutive monthly increase.
That places Hernando County 11th highest in the state, according to Florida Department of Economic Opportunity statistics released Friday.
Out of a July labor force in Hernando County of 64,040, there were 58,629 people employed and 5,411 unemployed.
In June, the labor force was 63,652 and there were 58,661 employed and 4,991 out of work.
Meanwhile, Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in July, unchanged from June. The U.S. unemployment rate in July was 6.2 percent, up from 6.1 percent in June.
“My primary focus for Hernando County is business recruitment and retention,” said County Administrator Len Sossamon. “We are on track to create nearly 400 jobs within the next three years. Most recently we approved an incentive package for two companies that will bring a combined 205 full-time jobs to the county with an average salary of more than $36,000.”
Here are the July unemployment rates for nearby counties, with June rates in parentheses:
♦ Citrus County: 8.0 percent (7.5 percent)
♦ Sumter County: 5.6 percent (5.1 percent)
♦ Pasco County: 7.6 percent (6.9 percent)
♦ Hillsborough County: 6.6 percent (6.2 percent)
♦ Pinellas County: 6.4 percent (6.0 percent)