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Employment and Unemployment
Labor Force Statistics
Sources:  Florida Department of Economic Opportunity,
US Bureau of Labor Statistics
Source Update:
January 2016

The Labor Market Statistics Center of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity 
publishes the monthly Local Area Unemployment Statistics estimating labor force, employment and unemployment for Florida, its 67 counties and many cities. The United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates United States labor force statistics and keeps historical data for the US and the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program for all states. Labor force statistics count individuals not jobs. An individual may be employed, unemployed or not in the labor force at all. A person with more than one job is only counted once. Other data series measure jobs not individuals; therefore, in those data series an individual with more than one job is, in effect, counted more than once. Monthly changes in local labor force statistics such as the unemployment rate are often subject to substantial seasonality. To avoid making erroneous conclusions regarding a local economy it is best to compare same month year-to-year or concentrate on annual data as will be done in this indicator section.

Charts and Data For the United States, Florida and Hillsborough County -Unemployment Rates; Labor Force Growth; Monthly Unemployment Rates; and Annual Unemployment Rates for Florida Large Urban Counties

Metro Employment by Industry
Source:  US Bureau of Labor Statistics
Source Update: January 2016
Description:  From the BLS website: Each month the Current Employment Statistics program surveys about 145,000 businesses and government agencies, representing approximately 557,000 individual worksites, in order to provide detailed industry data on employment, hours, and earnings of workers on nonfarm payrolls for all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and about 400 metropolitan areas and divisions.  CES data are revised monthly and annually. The frequency and timeliness of the data are strong assets of these data. CES data are, however, available only by metropolitan area, not counties. Data for the Tampa-St. Petersburg Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties.

Charts and Data Annual and monthly non-farm job growth by industry for US, Florida and Tampa MSA

County Employment by Industry
Source:  Bureau of Economic Analysis
Source Update:  November 2015

Description: From the BEA website:The BEA regional economic accounts provide statistics about Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for states and metropolitan areas and Personal Income for states, counties, metropolitan areas, micropolitan areas, metropolitan divisions and combined statistical areas, and BEA economic areas.  Also available: Employment, compensation, wage and salary disbursements, personal current transfer receipts, personal current taxes, farm income and expenses, and per capita personal income statistics. These data do provide employment by industry by county but with a lag of 1 to 2 years.

Charts and Data: For County Employment by Industry