Unemployment Rate Drops to 11.4 Percent

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL - After a year of searching, Georgia Mills Ferrel finally found a job as a nanny.

“With two young kids, they’re wonderful kids and it’s working out very well,” said Georgia.

Georgia met Governor Rick Scott Friday, the man who promises to get a huge chunk of the state’s one million jobseekers back to work.

“He’s trying his best. As long as he’s trying, and can hear all the people, fine with me, but I’m taken care of because I have faith,” said Georgia.

Florida’s unemployment rate has fallen from about 12 percent to 11.5 percent, but that’s not the whole story.

The unemployment rate could have dropped even more, but what happens is as the economy improves and jobs start to be created, people who previously stopped looking for work reenter the workforce and strangely enough that can drive the unemployment rate up.

If all eligible Floridians who didn’t have a job began looking for work right now, the unemployment rate would be around 20 percent

Still, Governor Rick Scott calls the 22 thousand jobs created last month encouraging.

“I am very focused on getting everybody back to work,” said Scott.

And as the economy turns around, Scott says he can speed up the process if lawmakers will just pass his jobs budget, but support for his plan, even among his own party, is low.

Florida has been adding jobs now for five straight months. The latest numbers mark the largest job growth the state has seen since 2007.

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