County unemployment rate up slightly in February

Published 6:00 pm Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Unemployment in Escambia County rose slightly in February.

Statistics released from the state department of labor show the county’s unemployment rate at 7.4 percent for February – up one-tenth of a percent from January.

Some 14,400 people reportedly employed throughout the county, while 1,068 claims for unemployment compensation were filed.

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Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby at 4.7 percent; Elmore at 5.4 percent, and Lee at 5.5 percent.