[UPDATE] Florida Unemployment Drops to 11.5 Percent

By: Governor's Press Office; AP
By: Governor's Press Office; AP

Tallahassee, Fla. – March 25, 2011 --

Governor Rick Scott today released the following statement regarding the announcement of Florida’s February unemployment rate.

“The dip in the number of Floridians who are out of work is an encouraging sign and cause for guarded optimism. However, 11.5 percent unemployment is still unacceptable because more than one million Floridians need jobs. That is why I remain focused on making Florida the best place to start or grow a business,” Gov. Scott says.

Florida’s February Employment Figures Released
AWI Release

TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in February 2011 is 11.5 percent, down 0.4 percentage point from the January 2011 rate of 11.9 percent. This represents 1,068,000 jobless out of a labor force of 9,265,000.

Florida’s total nonagricultural employment in February 2011 is 7,184,200, an increase of 22,700 jobs (+0.3 percent) from January 2011. On an annual basis, the number of jobs in the state is up 32,700, an increase of 0.5 percent from February 2010. This is the strongest annual growth rate in Florida since May 2007 when the rate was 0.7 percent over the year.

“This decrease in Florida’s unemployment rate, combined with continued job growth, is welcome news and provides additional evidence that our economy is getting back on track,” said Agency for Workforce Innovation Director Cynthia R. Lorenzo. “We will continue our commitment to ensuring Florida’s workforce system meets the dynamic needs of our existing and future employers so that we can build on this momentum. With Governor Scott’s leadership, Florida is positioned to be the national model for job creation.”

Manpower Employment Outlook

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for the second quarter of 2011 indicates Florida employers expect to hire at a steady pace in the months ahead. Of employers surveyed, 14 percent plan to hire more workers between April and June, while 76 percent plan to maintain their current staff levels, a slight improvement over the survey results for the first quarter of the year.

Florida’s Nonagricultural Employment by Industry (Seasonally Adjusted)

· The number of jobs in Florida is 7,184,200 in February 2011, up 32,700 jobs compared to a year ago. February is the fifth consecutive month with positive annual job growth since the state started losing jobs in July 2007. The industry gaining the most jobs is leisure and hospitality (+26,100 jobs, +2.9 percent).

· Other industries gaining jobs include education and health services (+23,600 jobs, +2.2 percent); professional and business services (+9,800 jobs, +1.0 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+4,300 jobs, +0.3 percent); and other services (+1,300 jobs, +0.4 percent).

· These industry job gains are partially due to increases in food services and drinking places; ambulatory health care services; employment services; motor vehicle and parts dealers; and repair and maintenance.

· Industries losing jobs over the year include: construction (-15,800 jobs, -4.5 percent); financial activities (-8,000 jobs, -1.7 percent); manufacturing (-5,600 jobs, -1.8 percent); information (-2,300 jobs, -1.7 percent); and total government (-900 jobs, -0.1 percent).

· These industry job losses are partially due to weakness in specialty trade contractors; credit intermediation and related activities and insurance carriers and related activities; miscellaneous durable goods manufacturing; publishing; and federal government.

Local Area Unemployment Statistics (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

· In February 2011, Monroe County has the state’s lowest unemployment rate (6.9 percent), followed by Liberty County (7.1 percent); Alachua County (7.7 percent); Leon and Wakulla counties (7.9 percent each); and Okaloosa County (8.1 percent). Most of the counties with the lowest unemployment rates are those with relatively high proportions of government employment.

· Flagler County has the highest unemployment rate (14.9 percent) in Florida in February 2011, followed by Hernando County (13.9 percent); Hendry County (13.4 percent); Marion County (13.2 percent); and St. Lucie County (13.0 percent). Flagler County, as well as most of the other areas with the highest unemployment rates, continues to suffer long-term job losses, mainly in construction. There are 43 Florida counties with double-digit unemployment rates in February, down from 52 in January.

Area Nonagricultural Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

· Fourteen metro areas of the 22 in the state have over-the-year job gains in February 2011. The areas with the largest gains are Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (+22,900 jobs, +2.3 percent), Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall (+9,400 jobs, +1.0 percent), and Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (+6,300 jobs, +0.6 percent).

· Of the metro areas with job declines, the areas with the largest losses are Cape Coral-Ft. Myers
(-3,000 jobs, -1.5 percent), Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville (-2,000 jobs, -1.0 percent), Sebastian-Vero Beach (-1,100 jobs, -2.5 percent), and Ocala (-1,000 jobs, -1.1 percent).


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) March 25, 2011 --

Florida's February unemployment rate was 11.5 percent, a drop of 0.4 points from the January jobless rate.

According to figures the Agency for Workforce Innovation
released Friday, Florida added 22,700 jobs in February and now has
32,700 more jobs than it did in February 2010. Nearly 1.1 million
Floridians remain jobless.

Monroe County has the state's lowest unemployment rate at 6.9
percent, followed by Liberty County at 7.1 percent and Alachua
County at 7.7 percent.

Flagler County had the highest unemployment rate at 14.9
percent, followed by Hernando County at 13.9 percent and Hendry
County at 13.4 percent.

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  • by Anon on Mar 25, 2011 at 04:30 PM
    How many jobs did Obama create the last two years? That's right he lost four million. Get over yourselves liberal hypocrites.
  • by unmployed Location: ga on Mar 25, 2011 at 02:55 PM
    it is funny how when someone fianlly gets a job they say things are getting better.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:57 AM
    So what jobs has Rick created so far? Can some of you Rick supporters answer this question?
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      by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 03:11 PM in reply to Anonymous
      His job is not to create jobs. Government doesn't create jobs. What he is doing is creating a pro-business environment that allows business to expand and grow which means they need new employees. Really, there hasn't been enough time for any of his policies to take affect. He hasn't even been through the first legislative session. I don't think he has taken credit for the drop in the unemployment rate.
  • by tally Location: tally on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM
    GET TO WORK is this not what Scott saya. What work/jobs?? My bad we did have jobs and you laid us off. We had jobs coming with the train down south and you turned it away. Like it was going to hurt FL, HELLO it was federal funding, it was FREE MONEY. What a joke Scott. His here only to steal, kill and destroy Florida.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:37 AM
    Blah blah dufus have you any original thoughts? No sir, no sir, i am just a ignoramus (to the rhythm of the song)
  • by most are lawyers on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:27 AM
    Right now, attorneys and other service occupations don't have to collect taxes on their bills. For attorneys alone, that means exempting more than $668 million. I believe most of the states senators and representatives are lawyers, imagine that! I know lets cut education, law enforcement, meant health and other critical needs so we don't have to pay our fair share!
  • by Yikes on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    Another pointless reply by the sheep bah bah bah. Keep up the post my friend, we all love laughing at YOU and your nonsensical post. The lack of originality and commonsense thinking gets us all through the day. It makes us all feel good about ourselves knowing there are people like you out in the world.
  • by real truth on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:20 AM
    Through the elimination of taxes on accumulated wealth in the past decade, more than $12 billion in taxes that would have been paid by those who can afford to pay has not been collected. The loss of intangibles and estate tax revenues – paid almost entirely by the wealthy – now costs the Florida treasury $2 billion or more every year.Instead, other Floridians have been asked to share more of the load: Even in a “no new taxes” environment, taxes and fees paid disproportionately by less affluent Floridians were increased by $2 billion annually in 2009.The elimination of taxes on wealth, along with other regressive choices made in building Florida’s revenue structure, make Florida’s tax system the second-worst in the nation in terms of fairness. The result: Florida is not a low-tax state for low- and moderate-income residents. State taxes take a larger bite of their income than of the more affluent.Despite a budget gap that exceeds $4 billion, Florida’s leaders have not seriously considered closing tax loopholes that cost the state billions of dollars each year. In the end it is about keeping the rich from paying or self preservation for the legislature since the majority of them are millionaires.
  • by TRUTH HURTS on Mar 25, 2011 at 10:01 AM
    When are you Liberals going to start waking up and smelling the roses? No more kicking the can down the road. No more spending money we don't have. Time to put your big boy panties on people. Complain all you want, but the numbers don't lie, and there are more people GETTING TO WORK then there were before Scott took over. Now, all we need is your Messiah to catch up with Florida.
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      by blah blah blah on Mar 25, 2011 at 10:51 AM in reply to TRUTH HURTS
      come up with some better catch-phrases...blah, blah, blah
      • reply
        by anti-blah blah blah on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:14 AM in reply to blah blah blah
        Just as soon as you come up with your own opinion, instead of making childish responses.
      • reply
        by Yikes on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:33 AM in reply to blah blah blah
        Another pointless reply by the sheep bah bah bah. Keep up the post my friend, we all love laughing at YOU and your nonsensical post. The lack of originality and commonsense thinking gets us all through the day. It makes us all feel good about ourselves knowing there are people like you out in the world.
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      by truthhurtsifyouranidiot on Mar 25, 2011 at 04:00 PM in reply to TRUTH HURTS
      It never ceases to amaze me the twisted convoluted thinking of a Rush brain fried tea bagger who has the gall to suggest that scott had anything to do with creating jobs. Are you trying to be funny? Why are you telling people to pull up their panties when you're running around with no clothes on?
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        by Jm on Mar 25, 2011 at 06:57 PM in reply to truthhurtsifyouranidiot
        What's the "gail"? Apparently your call name refers to those who still have 0bama stickers on their cars.
  • by watcher Location: nearby on Mar 25, 2011 at 09:51 AM
    Here it is again. Don`t panic people, Worksource will only state the numbers of people 'collecting benefits'. The government does not want to also state the number of 'former claimants' who are no longer counted as out of work. It is hard to believe that with the recent layoff of state workers(Scott`s cuts) that the rate dropped instead of increased. That would mean that nearly 10,000 depleated benefits and I bet all still have NOT found a job. The Governor and Legislature is still more interested in cutting pay for workers, cutting taxes for the rich and setting precedence to control the state with no legal oversite and ethics penalties for government violators. Not a lot of work being done to increase jobs all over the state as they figure it is not urgent.
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