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

People who need unemployment assistance after Hurricane Irma might not be getting the help that is available to them.

Louisiana is helping Florida process its thousands of unemployment claims related to Hurricane Irma.

Low-wage jobs in Florida are one of the main reasons families live in poverty or near poverty, according to a new study by Florida International University.

The yearly report, “State of Working Florida,” found Florida’s economy to be unbalanced and unequal.

While unemployment numbers are down statewide, that has not made a dent in income disparity across the state.

Florida has added more than 1.4 million jobs since Governor Rick Scott took office.  But Scott’s 700,000 jobs in seven years campaign promise is looking doubtful.

Americans have been waiting for a solid pay raise for years. Maybe there's good news awaiting them as the country employs more people.

The U.S. economic recovery has gone on for eight long years, and the unemployment rate is at a low 4.4 percent. But wage gains have barely budged.

That's got economists scratching their heads.

Florida’s unemployment rate remains at 5 percent, where it’s been throughout the first quarter of the year. Lynn Hatter reports state employment officials say that’s a good thing.

The Department of Economic Opportunity believes it needs access to the state driver’s license database to stop reemployment assistance fraud.  House lawmakers are one step closer to giving the agency what it wants.

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

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The U.S. added 227,000 jobs in January and the unemployment rate rose just slightly, ticking up a tenth of a percentage point to 4.8 percent, according to the monthly report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The robust jobs number beat most predictions from economists, who had pegged the payroll increase at 175,000, according to NPR's Yuki Noguchi.

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. 

August Unemployment Numbers Up Slightly

Sep 19, 2014
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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.

Florida's unemployment rate is now higher than the national rate.

The state's jobless rate in June was 6.2 percent. That's a slight dip from the previous month when it was 6.3 percent.

But the national unemployment rate is 6.1 percent. This is the first time in more than a year that Florida's rate is higher than the national rate.

The good economic news is that the state led the nation in job growth according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Florida Unemployment Rate Better than National Average

Mar 18, 2013
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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.

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Jan 7, 2013

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From June 2011 to June 2012, Tampa Bay's unemployment rate dropped from 11.2 percent to 9 percent, according to new Labor Department figures.

That decrease gives the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area the country's second-largest unemployment drop for that time period, tied with Detroit. Only Las Vegas saw more improvement; its jobless rate fell from 14.4 percent to 12.1 percent.

2012 College Graduates Have an Improved Job Market

May 15, 2012

Recently, an Associated Press analysis said that half of recent college graduates were unemployed or underemployed. But there's good news for the class of 2012- these college graduates have a better job market.

According to the Lakeland Ledger, the outlook of finding a job has improved since the beginning of the recession in 2008.

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One in two college graduates don’t have a job or they are underemployed where they don’t fully use their skills and knowledge, according to an Associated Press analysis.

Close to 54 percent of people younger than 25 who have a bachelor’s degree were jobless or underemployed in 2011.

Many young graduates with bachelor’s degrees are taking up lower-wage jobs like bartending, retail clerking, or waitressing.

Unemployment Rate in Florida Falls to 9 Percent

Apr 20, 2012

The unemployment rate in Florida dropped from 9.4% in February to 9% in March, acorrding to the Tampa Bay Times. States officials say that is the biggest improvement month-to-month in about 10 years.

But it may not all be as good as it seems.

The state's labor force is still shrinking. Last month, about 15,000 Floridians have dropped out of the labor pool and experts are saying many of them are discouraged workers who have given up looking for a job. When they go back to the search, the unemployment rate could rise again.