Duval County unemployment numbers dropping

Experts report lowest jobless numbers in three years

Published On: Apr 25 2012 09:50:09 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 26 2012 06:50:29 AM EDT

Florida has been one of the leading places for bad news for job-seekers, but now that seems to be changing. The latest numbers show that people are getting back to work in Jacksonville. 

"What we saw a lot of, people previously unemployed moved into the work force," explained University of North Florida Economic Professor Dr. Paul Mason. 

Mason studies the numbers closely and admits there are still a lot of people in a tough spot right now, but that many folks are finding work.

"It appears like domestically things are getting better, not just in unemployment, but in leading indicators and growth and output," Mason said.

The March unemployment rate for Duval County was 8.7 percent, and the rate is even lower in seven other northeast Florida counties.  [Latest county-by-county unemployment report]

Mason said the bottom line is the new figures should give people hope who are still looking for work. 

"Reality is things are improving and unemployment is falling," said Mason.   

The newest figures are the lowest Duval County has seen in more than three years, since January 2009.