Florida unemployment

The number of Floridians out of work is starting to rise.

Florida's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.6 percent from October to November, according to numbers released Friday by the state Department of Economic Opportunity. The state's  jobless rate betters the national mark of 4.1 percent, which also remained unchanged in the month to month comparison.

Florida experienced a big upswing in January employment after a sluggish December. 

Florida Led Nation In Job Growth In January

Mar 15, 2016
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Florida leads the nation in job growth according to new federal jobless reports.

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Florida's unemployment rate continues to drop slightly.

The August unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, compared to 5.5 percent in July. The state added 19,600 jobs last month, according to figures released Friday by the Department of Economic Opportunity.

The jobless rate remains higher than the national rate of 5.1 percent with approximately 507,000 unemployed Floridians.

Gov. Rick Scott made the announcement at the headquarters of a Boca Raton electronic security company. He's made job creation the main focus during his time in office.

Florida's unemployment is dropping slightly.

The June unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, compared to 5.7 percent the month before. The state added 7,000 jobs last month, according to figures released Friday by the Department of Economic Opportunity.

The state's jobless rate remains higher than the national rate of 5.3 percent. There are approximately 529,000 unemployed Floridians, out of a labor force of nearly 9.6 million people.

June's rate was a 0.6 percentage point drop from a year ago.

Florida's unemployment rate is staying flat.

New numbers released Tuesday show that the state's unemployment rate for January was 5.7 percent. That's unchanged from revised figures for December.

The state's unemployment rate is now slightly higher than the national unemployment rate.

Florida added an estimated 13,900 jobs in December. The new figures show there are roughly 551,000 people out of work in the state.

Gov. Rick Scott announced the new jobs numbers during a visit to a production company that moved from Virginia to Ellenton in 2012.

CONNECT, Florida’s unemployment website, has been criticized for having a laundry list of unresolved problems since it began. Now, its oversight agency is being treated to a long-overdue audit.

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Florida's unemployment rate continues to drop.

This morning, the state's December 2014 unemployment numbers were released. Last month, the unemployment rate was 5.6 percent—down 0.2 percent from November—numbers that mirror the national trend.

 Florida added an estimated 12,700 jobs in December. The unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since the spring of 2008 when it was 5.4 percent. The new figures also show that there are roughly 543,000 people out of work in the Sunshine State. 

Florida's Jobless Mark at Lowest Rate Since 2008

Nov 21, 2014

The state's jobless mark dipped slightly from 6.1 percent in September to a six-year-low of 6.0 percent in October, with the strongest growth found in education, health care and service-related fields.

The state Department of Economic Opportunity announced Friday that the number of people listed as unemployed in Florida fell by 13,000 from month to month and stood at 578,000 jobless out of a labor force of 9.6 million.

The last unemployment numbers before the November elections were released on Friday. Unemployment is down and jobs are up in the state of Florida.

Florida businesses created 12,800 private-sector jobs  in September of 2014, decreasing unemployment from 6.3 to 6.1 percent from this past August. Jesse Panuccio is Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

August Unemployment Numbers Up Slightly

Sep 19, 2014

The August unemployment rates for Florida were released today. Changes were minimal from July to August.
Florida’s unemployment rate for August is 6.3%, slightly higher than the rate for July.

Florida has a higher unemployment than the U.S., with the national rate coming in at 6.1 percent. In the bay area, Hernando county has the highest unemployment rate at 8.8 percent.

The Latest on Florida's Unemployment Numbers

Aug 15, 2014

July unemployment rates were released today. The unemployment rates in Florida from June to July were unchanged at 6.2 percent, but, Tampa Bay's unemployment rate rose from 6.3 percent to 6.8 percent, losing 7,000 jobs over the month.

The unemployment rate for the US in July is also at 6.2 percent. Florida’s unemployment rate has been less than or equal to the national rate for 14 of the last 15 months.

Job Numbers Released; Florida Trending Upward

Jul 18, 2014

Florida is leading the nation in job growth, adding more than 37,000 jobs this month. The Tampa Bay area has added over 25,000 jobs in the last 12 months, third among metro areas in Florida, according to state officials..

A rise in jobs means a dip in the unemployment rate, the statewide unemployment rate for 2014 is 6.2 percent, down from 7.4 percent in June 2013. Jesse Panuccio, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, says the job picture is trending upward.

Florida’s unemployment rate is no longer dropping like it once did.

The state’s jobless rate in February was 6.2 percent, which is the same rate it was the two previous months.

The unemployment rate held steady even though the state gained an estimated 33,400 jobs last month. Only California and Texas gained more jobs in February.

After a bumpy summer, there are signs that the state's economic recovery is picking up once again.

Florida released new jobless numbers Friday that showed that the state's unemployment rate had dropped to 6.7 percent in October. It was 7 percent in August.

This is the lowest the state's unemployment rate has been since August 2008 - right before the height of the financial crisis. The state's rate is also below the national average of 7.3 percent.

While Florida's unemployment dropped 0.1 percent to 7.1 percent in May, the actual number of jobs in the state also fell last month by 6,200. At the same time, state economists have released a report that show a key reason for the drop has been people leaving the workforce or not actively looking for a job.

Florida Unemployment Rate Better than National Average

Mar 18, 2013

It's the first time since 2008 that Florida's unemployment rate hasn't topped the national average. Florida's January unemployment rate is 7.8 percent.

The national average is 7.9 percent.

Florida's Unemployment Rate Stuck at 8.8 Percent

Sep 21, 2012
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Florida has gained almost 78,000 jobs since last August. This marks the 25th consecutive month of steady gains according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

University of Central Florida economics professor Sean Snaith said the newest employment numbers indicate a steady, positive growth. Snaith said he was surprised with the number of payroll jobs added. 


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With Labor Day behind us, millions of Floridians are returning to work today--but taking home slimmer paychecks than in previous years, according to a new report.

Over the holiday weekend, Florida International University's Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy released its annual State of Working Florida report. The CliffsNotes version is this: Florida's typical worker earns about $1,000 less today than in 2010.