Job growth has picked up at the state and county level, pushing the Florida unemployment rate below the national average, and Palm Beach County’s rate below the statewide average.
That indicates that Palm Beach County’s economy is recovering faster than the state and nation, said Steve Craig, president and CEO of the area’s state-chartered jobs agency, Workforce Alliance. For the first years of the recovery, the county lagged. Last month the county created 1,200 jobs, and saw an increase of 9,300 over last March.
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March unemployment rates*:
2013 2012 2011 2010
Palm Beach County 6.9 8.8 10.6 11.3
Florida 7.0 8.7 10.5 11.3
U.S. 7.6 8.4 9.2 10.2
* Labor Department’s rates before seasonal adjustments