State’s Unemployment Rate Shows Slight ImprovementNov 2nd, 2011 | By Staff | Category: Front Page, Sports
By Lazaro Aleman
Special from Greene Publishing, Inc.
Florida’s jobless rate dropped a fraction of a percentage point to 10.6 percent in September, after being stuck at 10.7 percent for the three previous months.
Meanwhile, in Madison County, it dropped a fraction of a percentage point, from 12.6 percent in August to 12.5 percent in September and in Jefferson County, the jobless rate remained steady at 8.9 percent;.
Florida’s jobless rate was 1.5 percentage points higher than the national rate, which was 9.1 percent for September.
These latest unemployment statistics — released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) on Friday, Oct. 21 — show that the state had 976,839 unemployed persons in September. All the same, the state had 7,253,900 jobs, representing a gain of 93,500 jobs compared to a year earlier, with leisure and hospitality the industry gaining the most jobs (+58,500).
The DEO now combines the state’s economic, workforce and community development efforts under one roof with the stated aim of expediting economic development projects and fueling jobs creation.
“Today’s numbers are a strong signal that Florida is doing the right things to rebound from difficult economic times,” DEO Executive Director Doug Darling is quoted saying. “But our job is far from over with 977,000 residents still unemployed. We must continue our efforts of coordinated economic development to create jobs and ensure our workforce is skilled and ready to be matched with employment opportunities.”
The statistics do not reflect those individuals who have given up looking for work or who are underemployed.
For Madison County, the 12.5 percent translates into 881 jobless persons out of a labor force of 7,024, compared with 882 jobless persons out of a labor force of 6,988 in August. In September 2010, the comparable figures were 855 jobless persons out of a labor force of 7,265, when the unemployment rate was 11.8 percent.