Madison County, FL - The economy may still be down, but some local areas are seeing an upswing in jobs.
Numbers from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity show a drop in the unemployment rate in Madison County. Something adding a bit of hope during tough times.
"I think that's wonderful news and I hope with the new, better job rate that maybe our downtown businesses will start to fill up and more people will want to come into Madison and want to open businesses," said Jessica Webb, Madison County resident.
From August to September, the jobless rate dropped .2 percent. Not a big number, but from September of last year to this September, there was a 1.7 percent drop, leaving many with hope for this area.
"It's great to know that more and more people are becoming employed," Webb said.
Bringing jobs to rural areas like Madison County isn't easy, but places like Workforce are helping people get back to work.
"To help jobs come into our region we actually have a portion of our staff devoted to serving the employers in our region," said Diane Head with Workforce Solutions.
They work with the local businesses and residents to improve the local economy and job rate.
"When job seekers come and visit us at our one stop centers, they tell us they need things like training or they need a job or they need additional skills," she said.
The numbers for the entire state of Florida show unemployment is now at 8.6 percent.