Florida's Unemployment Rate Drops For 30th Consecutive Month

May 17, 2013

The state of Florida has seen its 30th consecutive month of declining unemployment rates. The jobless rate is the lowest the state has seen since September of 2008.

The jobless rate for the month of April was 7.2 %, down from March’s rate of seven and a half. Most of Florida’s employment gains come from the hospitality and trade industries and coincides with a record breaking quarter for tourism. Governor Rick Scott took credit for the falling rate and said businesses are thriving under his administration.

“Over the month of April, Florida businesses created more than 16,000 private sector jobs for Florida families. So, in a little over two years now, Florida businesses have created around 330,000 jobs,” Scott announced.

The state’s Department of Economic Opportunity says April’s numbers show a broad based recovery, with 8 out 0f 10 job sectors growing and new jobs being spread around the state almost evenly.