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County's jobless rate drops

The county's unemployment rate, which had risen sharply in August, dropped in September, according to figures released this week. In September, 6.5 percent of those actively seeking work were not able to find jobs. The August figure had been 7.7 percent.

While cautioning that a small fluctuation in the rate would not be a reliable measure of the changing job outlook, state economist Jim Saucerman said Thursday that in Citrus "you can assume that with that big a swing, there is at least some improvement from the prior month."

Saucerman said that of 39,295 in the work force, 2,552 were unemployed.

Because of seasonal changes in the economy, Saucerman said the most useful way of looking at unemployment figures is to compare them to the same period for the previous year.

Citrus County had a slightly higher jobless rate this year, with four-tenths of a percentage point higher than the 6.1 percent figure of September 1989.

The state unemployment rate also fell, from 6.7 percent in August to 6.2 percent in September, Saucerman said.