Unemployment rate stalls at 8.6 percent for June

Jul 20, 2012

Florida’s unemployment rate is holding steady at 8.6-percent.  The new figure comes on the heels of a report from the states research arm that says much of the fall in unemployment is over blown.

The state’s unemployment rate fall from almost 12 percent in December 2009, to 8.6 percent in June. On the surface, those numbers look good. It appears that many Floridians are finding work. But behind that 8.6-percent jobless number is another story.

Fla. Unemployment Rate Drops 2 Percent Over Last Year

Jun 15, 2012

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.

Department of Economic Opportunity

Florida’s unemployment rate has dropped slightly from February’s 9.4-percent to 9-percent in March. As Sascha Cordner reports, the new head of the state’s job creation efforts says the decline is proof that the Governor’s efforts are working.

March’s jobless rate was at nine percent. That’s the lowest it’s been since January 2009. Newly appointed Department of Economic Opportunity executive director Hunting Deutsch says thanks to Governor Rick Scott, there’s been tremendous progress in job creation and unemployment reduction.

Florida’s unemployment rate is trending down. Regan McCarthy reports it’s 9.4-percent for the month of February, the lowest rate the state has seen in three years.

Florida’s chief economist Rebecca Rust says a lot of the reason for the state’s decreasing unemployment rates can be attributed to job growth in the state.

Most of it now is due to people getting jobs because we see that the employment numbers are gaining more than the drops in the labor force when you look at it over the year.”

Florida’s unemployment rate has fallen slightly to just under 10-percent, the lowest it’s been in more than two-and-a-half years. Lynn Hatter reports the state’s Republican leaders have wasted no time in claiming credit for the job gains.

In a conference call with reporters Friday, Governor Rick Scott announced the state’s unemployment rate is now 9.9-percent, the lowest it’s been since April of 2009. Scott also took credit for the more than 141-thousand private sector jobs that have spung up since January of last year, saying the rate is a reflection of his policies.