© 2023 WFSU Public Media
WFSU News · Tallahassee · Panama City · Thomasville
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Fla. Unemployment Rate Drops 2 Percent Over Last Year

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity released the May jobs numbers on Friday. Florida’s unemployment rate continued its decline, reaching the lowest point since December of 2008. It dropped 2 percent over last May’s rate to 8.6 percent. The department’s chief economist, Rebecca Rust, says the outlook for college graduates has improved in each of the past two years. 

“But it is still a tough job market, and graduates need to be looking look at, when they pick their careers, looking at areas where there is positive job growth forecasted,” she said.

Florida job postings compiled by Help Wanted OnLine showed most openings in medical, IT, sales, and administrative support-related occupations. Rust says employers tend to be most interested in a person’s experiences outside the classroom, not what he or she has a degree in.