Florida's Unemployment Drops 2% in One Year

By: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Release
By: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Release

TALLAHASSEE – June 15, 2012 -

Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced that Florida’s unemployment rate continued its decline, dropping to 8.6 in May 2012 – the lowest since December 2008. The May 2012 rate was 2.0 percentage points lower than the May 2011 rate of 10.6 percent. Also, Florida’s declining unemployment rate continues to outpace the nation, continuing its decline in May while the national rate rose 0.1 percent.

“As more businesses choose Florida as their home, we will continue to see more and more Floridians secure the jobs they are seeking,” said Governor Rick Scott. “I will continue to work tirelessly on making positive changes to our business climate in Florida until we achieve my goal of making this state the No. 1 business destination in the world.”

Florida’s job growth rate over the year has been positive for 22 consecutive months, after losing jobs for three straight years. Since Governor Scott’s inauguration, the state’s unemployment rate has dropped 2.3 percentage points and added 99,600 private sector jobs, including 9,200 in May.

Additional positive workforce trends include:

· Florida’s number of unemployed fell below 800,000 for the first time since January 2009

· Florida’s unemployment rates have declined over the year for 18 consecutive months

· Florida’s unemployment rate has declined over the month for 11 consecutive months

· Florida’s job growth rate has been positive over the year for 22 consecutive months

Also in May, the state’s 24 Regional Workforce Boards reported that more than 27,000 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 150,000 job placements reported since January. Of these individuals, 6,298 who previously received unemployment compensation were assisted in May, with 33,800 former claimants finding employment since the beginning of the year. Additionally, Florida job postings compiled by Help Wanted OnLine totaled more than 243,000 in May 2012, with most of the openings in medical, IT, sales, and administrative support-related occupations.

“The numbers released today reaffirm that Florida’s unemployment rate has been heading in the right direction under Governor Scott’s leadership,” said DEO Executive Director Hunting F. Deutsch. “We will continue collaborating with our partners at Enterprise Florida and Workforce Florida to create a reemployment system that produces the best workforce in the nation to support Florida’s growing businesses.”

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  • by Bob on Jun 17, 2012 at 04:40 PM
    Keep up the good work Rick!!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 16, 2012 at 04:48 PM
    Thank you President Obama, for our ongoing recovery! And Rick Scott, please go back to whatever planet you came from and quit trying to wreck our future.
  • by Favenzio on Jun 16, 2012 at 04:45 PM
    DEO, the pet agency that Scott created to fabricate statistics for him.
  • by Bolillo Location: Wakulla on Jun 15, 2012 at 05:14 PM
    I hate to say "I told you so".......... wait, no I don't LOL, too.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 16, 2012 at 04:52 PM in reply to Bolillo
      What did you tell us? That the recovery effected by the Obama administration was ramping up every month? Yay! Obama rocks.
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        by 62nitro on Jun 16, 2012 at 06:55 PM in reply to
        Really? Your own party is talking about your hero losing in november. He is a socialist loser and absolutely nothing he has done since he's been in office has helped this country. It's men like Rick Scott that will save this country from total destruction, in spite of you and your loser party. 5 more months and you are outtahere.
  • by insbiler on Jun 15, 2012 at 04:55 PM
    My husband and I are no longer among the ones counted. We were both unemployed for several months, moved out of Florida and both found jobs within weeks at our new home state. You know the lower they can "officially" report decreasing numbers, the state can stop extending unemployment benefits for the citizens. Wonder if that has anything to do with the "great news of lower unemployment"??
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      by 62nitro on Jun 16, 2012 at 07:02 PM in reply to insbiler
      According to your formula here, you are just backing up Obamas 8.9% unemployment claims. They are really around 15% to 20%, right?
  • by God bless America on Jun 15, 2012 at 04:43 PM
    Thank you Rick Scott!! I know obama had nothing to do with it.
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      by The Truth Will Come Out on Jun 16, 2012 at 04:46 PM in reply to God bless America
      Rick Scott had nothing to do with it. That will be proven when we boot him out of office and our state begins recovery from his evil reign.
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      by Dog Selb America on Jun 16, 2012 at 04:53 PM in reply to God bless America
      Thank you OBAMA! Scott had nothing to do with anythibg good in this state.
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        by Bob on Jun 17, 2012 at 04:42 PM in reply to Dog Selb America
        Did Obama teach you to spell!!!!???????
  • by Anonymous on Jun 15, 2012 at 04:25 PM
    These numbers say it all - not what they are trying to spin showing Scott in a favorable light. Finally, they declare the numbers of claimants who are no longer getting or are eligible for unemployment compensation. Big deal, 240,000 jobs for 800,000 still out of work for many who have no medical training. The big problem is that Scott only promised 700,000 new jobs and there are still 800,000 out of work - that means 100,000 will never be able to get a job. Guess the Governor does NOT want these people to work, so he better increase their welfare benefits.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 15, 2012 at 04:08 PM
    8 states have higher unemployment rates than FL: CA, NV, RI, NJ, NC, SC, MS, and GA. NY and IL are tied with FL. 39 states have lower unemployment rates than FL. AL dropped 1.9% from 9.3% in 1 year and now has a rate of 7.4%. MI dropped 2.1% from 10.6% in 1 year and now has a rate of 8.5%. Florida's rate is right on the boundary between the quintile of states with the highest unemployment rates and quintile with the next-to-highest rates.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 15, 2012 at 07:08 PM in reply to
      Florida depends on tourism and service industries for much of its economic activity. These 2 industries are often the last to recover, so Florida being slow to recover is normal.
  • by 62nitro Location: Tallahassee on Jun 15, 2012 at 03:05 PM
    I hate to say "I told you so".........wait, no I don't. LOL
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      by the emperor has no clothes on Jun 15, 2012 at 08:07 PM in reply to 62nitro
      Our employment rate improved from being tied with other below average states to... still being tied with other below average states. Yea!
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        by 62nitro on Jun 16, 2012 at 07:46 AM in reply to the emperor has no clothes
        It's the best it has been since 2008 and it is still going down. Bad news for lefties like you. You would thing a lower unemployment rate would be good news for everyone. Stop rooting against RS and start rooting for Florida.
  • by Danny Location: Tallahassee on Jun 15, 2012 at 02:36 PM
    So the construction folks have a 22-25% unemployment rate and now we get zero for unemployment. The system is broke. Most unemployment stops when rate drops under 9%. The only reason it has dropped is that people have given up or have lost their benefits. We construction industry people did not ask to be unemployed.
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