The unemployment rate in Gulf County rose by one-tenth of 1 percent in November, though it remains nearly a half-point below the same month in 2015.

The unemployment rate in Gulf County rose by one-tenth of 1 percent in November, though it remains nearly a half-point below the same month in 2015.

According to information from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the county unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in November.

Franklin County, at 4.2 percent, has the lowest unemployment rate in the CareerSource Gulf Coast region which also includes Bay, which was at 5 percent unemployment.

The region unemployment rate was 4.9, down from 5.1 a year ago.

Overall, for the three-county region, job growth has been 2 percent in 2016; non-agricultural employment in the region was 82,500, up 1,600 jobs.

The statewide unemployment rate was 4.8 in October.

In the region, out of a labor force of 97,172 there were 4,806 counted as unemployed.

It is worth noting that the unemployment rate does not reflect those unemployed who are no longer receiving unemployment benefits nor does it include those who have stopped seeking employment.

“We continue to work hard with our economic development, education, business and state partners to grow and bring new and diversified employment opportunities,” said Kim Bodine, executive director of CareerSource Gulf Coast.

“To that end, I am please to see the over-the-year growth in some of our professional sectors.”

Those sectors growing jobs over the year included leisure and hospitality (up 700 jobs), education and health services (up more than 800 jobs), government (an increase of 600 jobs), financial activities (up 100 jobs) and professional and business services (up 200 jobs)

Manufacturing jobs dropped by 200 and the trade, transportation and utilities sectors lost a combined 500 jobs.

The sector including mining, logging and construction industries lost 100 jobs.

Information services and other service industries remained unchanged.

The three-county region had the fastest annual job growth rate in government jobs in the state during November at 4.2 percent; the region also had the third-fastest rate of job growth in education and health services during the month at 7.2 percent.

Registered nurses continue to be among the most sought-after professionals, according to The Conference Board’s Help Wanted OnLine report.

While November online ads were down 4.6 percent for the year, Registered Nursing advertisements were up 49.6 percent.

CareerSource Gulf Coast provides services to job seekers and employers in Bay, Gulf and Franklin counties. During July, the region’s Panama City Job Center assisted more than 1,600 walk-in customers and provided services to more than 400 employers.

CareerSource Gulf Coast operates offices in all three counties. Visit www.careersourcegc.com to learn more about professional workforce development and job placement services, all offered free of charge.