Posted January 07, 2010 by

Clearwater Jobs See Monthly Increase

Although the area’s unemployment rate increased and the number of workers declined over the year, more Clearwater jobs have been added as of late.
During November 2009, the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area’s unemployment rate increased from 11.8 percent to 12.3 percent, which places the city higher than the national unemployment rate of 10 percent.
The Clearwater area had a total non-farm employment of 1,159,700 workers during November, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is up from 1,156,200 workers during October, but a 4.3 percent decrease from November 2008.
Three industries saw a monthly increase in employment, including: trade, transportation and utilities by 2,900 jobs; professional and business services by 2,700 jobs; and education and health services by 1,300 jobs.
Employment in the mining and logging industry remained even on a monthly and yearly basis at 600 workers.
Only two industries saw a yearly increase in employment. The education and health services industry employed 175,100 workers during November, up from 173,800 workers during October and a 2.3 percent increase from November 2008.
The other services industry employed 49,100 workers during November, down from 49,200 workers during October, but a 2.5 percent increase from the previous year.
The construction industry took the biggest hit when compared to 2008. That industry employed 60,700 workers during November, down from 62,400 workers during October and a 13.9 percent decrease from the previous year.
Other industries that saw an over-the-year decrease in employment include:

  • manufacturing by 10.2 percent
  • trade, transportation and utilities by 6.4 percent
  • information by 6.1 percent
  • financial activities by 2.8 percent
  • professional and business services by 6.2 percent
  • leisure and hospitality by 2.8 percent
  • government by 2.5 percent
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