[UPDATE] Future Looks Bright With Florida's Unemployment Numbers

By: The News Service of Florida; AP
By: The News Service of Florida; AP

[UPDATE] 5-20 11:45am

Unemployment analysis released today shows Florida’s unemployment rate continuing to drop this month. In the same time frame, the federal rate ticked up. The new rate, 10.8 percent, is the lowest in Florida since 2009.

“I remain focused on job creation, so it is great news that this trend is continuing in the right direction,” said Governor Rick Scott. “With tax relief for property owners and elimination of taxes on about half of the businesses that currently pay, I believe we are on the path to getting Florida back to work.”

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[UPDATE] 5-20

Florida's jobless rate fell in April to 10.8 percent, down from 11.1 percent in March and more than a full percentage point lower than April 2010 when it was 12 percent, the Agency for Workforce Innovation reported Friday. It's the lowest rate since November of 2009.

Stay with WCTV for more on the story.

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State officials are set to announce whether Florida's unemployment rate has continued dropping. The Agency for Workforce Innovation is releasing the figure for April on Friday.

The national rate of 9 percent for the month was previously announced. Florida's rate was 11.1 percent in March, the third straight monthly decline.That was nearly a full percentage point down from December's 12 percent rate.

One reason for the drop, though, is that Florida's labor force also declined.Jobless people who give up looking for work no longer are counted in the labor force nor are they included in the unemployment rate.


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  • by RetiredMarine Location: Tallahassee on May 22, 2011 at 10:08 AM
    Can't continue to spend what you don't have. If the cuts cut close to home, I'm sorry but deal with it....
  • by RENEE Location: Punta Gorda on May 20, 2011 at 04:30 PM
    I am a State employee for Desoto County what is it going to do for us who have households to maintain and bills that have to get met? Not only am I worried about myself but for the other 400 employees that work with me and about helping to support a household. How can governor scott say he is creating more jobs for the state if there are some jobs that can be saved?
  • by State Worker Location: Chattahoochee on May 20, 2011 at 02:01 PM
    I wonder what the numbers will look like after July the 1st when the Hospital lays off more than 300 people, I guess we want be in the count since we are state workers!
  • by Liars figure ! Location: smoke land on May 20, 2011 at 02:01 PM
    liars figure and figures lie !
  • by Tallahassee citizen Location: Tallahassee on May 20, 2011 at 11:50 AM
    There is no way possible that he could have had ANY effect upon unemployment since he took office. If there is truly a reduction it was already in the works. If anything he will have impact of the opposite effect by slashing state jobs and education budgets etc. As usual the Republicans are trying to take credit for something that they didn't do and shirk responsibility for the chaos that their actions really cause for our American way of life for middle class and poor.
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      by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 01:39 PM in reply to Tallahassee citizen
      um, are you kidding? have you seen what he's done to state workers? LOL, check out the Department of Corrections right now.
  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 11:49 AM
    Who are you all trying to fool!
  • by BOLOGNA! on May 20, 2011 at 10:34 AM
    make the laws stricter so fewer people can draw unemployment and of course the numbers look smaller. Now let's get the number of people who dont have a job and are looking for work. True figures please!
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on May 20, 2011 at 10:34 AM
    It is DROPPING because of Two things: <01> there Unemployment ran out and you can no longer count those Checks <02> They MOVED to another State to get a Job.
  • by FalseNumbers Location: Tallahassee on May 20, 2011 at 09:08 AM
    I guess when you run out of unemployment and are no longer collecting, it is assumed you were able to get a job. I AM CALLING BS ON THIS ONE. OH YEAH AND RECALL RICK SCOTT!
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      by GV on May 20, 2011 at 10:26 AM in reply to FalseNumbers
      Yeah,lets recall obama for doing the exact same thing.
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        by State Worker on May 20, 2011 at 02:02 PM in reply to GV
        get over it!!!
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          by GV on May 23, 2011 at 07:38 AM in reply to State Worker
          So it's OK for him to do it,then,right?Why aren't you telling"false numbers" to also get over it?What is the difference?
  • by justhefacts on May 20, 2011 at 09:03 AM
    when people stop getting their unemployment checks they drop off of the roll so the actual unemployment rate is much higher. The numbers are done way after the month has ended so we will see it jump after July when they have the state employees new to unemployment in the mix. Yeah, people who have been with the state for many years this devastates the community as a whole and it is not just here in Tally but all over the state. Tricky Ricky is into creating jobs for the public sector and the heck with the state employees. He needs to be careful who he steps on while he is at the top because those are the people he will need to help him when he falls down the ladder and is at the bottom. No help coming his way he better be careful for the police, fire and all others that he may need oops his last breath may contain gee maybe I should not have let them all go.
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