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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  • by Kevin aka reality Location: Monticello on Mar 27, 2011 at 04:11 AM
    The Number is ONLY falling because all of the 99ers either have run out or will soon. Lets instead see the Number of Longterm Unemployed back at work......1/100th of a percent MABYE. No body prints THAT story.
  • by unmployed Location: fl. on Mar 26, 2011 at 03:14 PM
    the uneployed state workers are not even 1/8of a% but that is all we hear about. QUIT YOUR CRYING STATE WORKERS.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 09:52 PM
    This week China surpassed the USA in manufactring and not a word from the fascist controlled media.
  • by Whom Ever Location: Tallahassee on Mar 25, 2011 at 06:35 PM
    People need to be careful, who and what that say. Especially when they're not telling the truth.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2011 at 11:38 AM in reply to Whom Ever
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 04:08 PM
    With jobs being added for 5 straight months, why would the legislature want to make radical changes now. The economy is on the right track, and will rebound over time. The job market is always the last thing to be affected.
  • by More Prorpaganda on Mar 25, 2011 at 03:57 PM
    Unemployment in Florida is Growing. I don't care what the Number saids. R. Scott is laying off state workers, not hiring them and that is the one of our largest employers.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 08:13 PM in reply to More Prorpaganda
      Rick Scott can't lay off State workers. Only the legislature can. Everyone tries to give Scott too much power. Prove that unemployment is growing - give us the numbers. How can State government be one of the largest employers in the state.
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