State: Floridians Lose Jobs in September

By: AP, Workforce Plus
By: AP, Workforce Plus

Tallahassee, Florida (Workforce Plus Release) --

The U.S. Department of Labor released employment and unemployment estimates for September 2010 today, October 22. These numbers reflect job growth/loss since September. To embrace job growth, WORKFORCE plus encourages employers in Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla counties to invest both in upcoming job fairs as well as applying for grants to train current employees.

The unemployment rates in the three counties that comprise the WORKFORCE plus region were 10.6 percent in Gadsden, 8.2 percent in Leon and 8.6 percent in Wakulla. Gadsden County’s unemployment rate is .5 percentage point(s) lower that the August 2010 rate. Leon County’s unemployment rate is .4 percentage point(s) lower that the August 2010 rate. Wakulla County’s unemployment rate is .1 percentage point higher than the August 2010 rate.

“We continue to work collaboratively with our economic and education partners to spur job creation to address local unemployment,” stated Kimberly A. Moore, Chief Executive Officer of WORKFORCE plus. “It is evident with the newly released numbers that our combined efforts are making a difference.”



Florida's unemployment rate worsened for the third straight month in September.

The Agency for Workforce Innovation reported Friday that the
unemployment rate stood at 11.9 percent in September, leaving 1.1
million eligible workers without a job.

Florida's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in August was
11.7 percent. The U.S. Labor Department reports that Florida, which
is still dramatically affected by housing foreclosures, was one of
27 states that experienced a higher jobless rate in August.

Florida's unemployment rate peaked in March at 12.3 percent, the
highest since the federal government began compiling jobless
statistics in the 1970s.

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