[UPDATE] Unemployment in Florida Dipped to 11.9 Percent in January

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida


Florida added 8,400 jobs from a year ago as the state’s unemployment rate fell to 11.9 percent in January, a 0.1 percent dip from December, the Agency for Workforce Innovation reported Thursday.

With 1.1 million of 9.3 million Floridians out of work during the month, January’s figure was 0.6 percentage points higher than January 2010. The national unemployment rate for February was 8.9 percent.

January’s jobless rate was released the same day Florida House members were expected to pass a measure that would reduce benefits to jobless workers as lawmakers wrestle with budget deficits that forced them to borrow billions from the federal government to pay unemployment claims as the economy continues to struggle.

The state’s top labor official expressed hope Thursday that Florida’s rocky recovery was proceeding slowly forward, evidenced by stable consumer confidence and higher online advertising activity.

“While Florida’s unemployment rate is still unacceptably high, we are seeing positive signs that employers are starting to hire,” said Agency for Workforce Innovation Director Cynthia R. Lorenzo.

Florida’s total nonagricultural employment in January 2011 was 7.2 million, a decline of 12,900 jobs from December 2010, as business released workers hired for the holiday season. Over the year, jobs are up by 8,400, an increase of 0.1 percent from January 2010.

The University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research released consumer confidence figures for February that remained unchanged from January. While the monthly survey remained unchanged at 77, it found Floridians more willing to buy big-ticket items and more optimistic about the U.S. economy over the next year.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates continue to be those in which state and local governments are prominent employers. Liberty and Monroe counties have the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 7.6 Percent, followed by Alachua County (8.6 percent), Wakulla County (8.7 percent), Leon County (8.8 percent), and Okaloosa County (8.9 percent).

At 16 percent, Flagler County has the state’s highest unemployment rate. It is followed by Hernando County at 15.1 percent, Hendry and Marion counties at 14.2 percent and St. Lucie County at 14.1 percent.

The state’s tourism sector gained ground in January, adding 32,600 jobs year-to-year.

Sectors continuing to struggle included construction, which lost 24,000 jobs (6.7 percent), financial services, off 7,700 jobs and manufacturing, off 6,100 jobs.


March 10, 2011 -- Unemployment in Florida dipped to 11.9 percent in January, down slightly from December, the Agency for Workforce Innovation reported Thursday. A growth of 8,400 jobs over January of a year ago represents the fourth straight month of positive annual job growth.

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  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Mar 11, 2011 at 02:01 PM
    And whos being hired exactly ? Show me ONE LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED recently that was hired at a full time job. The rate is down because EUC IS RUNNING OUT. Tell the truth . Oh thats right , truth is just a convienience.
  • by Derp on Mar 11, 2011 at 08:26 AM
    “While Florida’s unemployment rate is still unacceptably high, we are seeing positive signs that employers are starting to hire,” said Agency for Workforce Innovation Director Cynthia R. Lorenzo." --- um, nice try dental hygienist, business aren't starting to hire; benefits are running out.
  • by Jonathan Swift Location: Florida on Mar 10, 2011 at 06:49 PM
    It is interesting that Governor Scott and the GOP leadership of Florida consider the unemployed as being automatically suspect, and therefore should be treated as being guilty of committing some wrong, other than being a victim of the economy, that is---the most likely reason for most. They want to restrict eligibility and benefits---already very difficult to qualify for and also very meager. In fact, the maximum weekly amount is little more than minimum wage. On the other hand, Scott and the GOP leaders feel that owning a business automatically makes one a paragon of virtue. Their taxes (already amongst the lowest in America) are to be cut using saving from cutting benefits for the poor and middle-class. Do they have to create any jobs for this ill-gotten gain? That would be NO. Can they just pocket the money? That would be YES. Florida was once a democracy. Now it is a plutocracy. It is good to be King, it is said. But what about the other 99% of us?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2011 at 05:46 PM
    Anonymous on Mar 10, 2011 at 01:37 PM, He has not laid any State Workers off. He can't. Only the legislature can.
  • by following up Location: tally on Mar 10, 2011 at 12:51 PM
    Anonymous on Mar 10, 2011 at 01:37 PM....concerning the mass state layoffs...How many have been laid off by Scott? If you can, please provide a source so I can read the numbers for myself.
  • by TRUTH HURTS on Mar 10, 2011 at 12:12 PM
    FYI...Liberals are in charge of choosing who is to get credit and take blame for everything. Everyone else is uninformed. (PLEASE NOTICE THE SARCASM)
  • by Abnormal Location: Tallahassee on Mar 10, 2011 at 11:00 AM
    CJ - No one should take credit for it. Anyone who has taken basic statistics know what this is. Its an agency that answers to Moammar Scott and they are making very limited stats say what he wants them to say. For something like this, four months of "decreased unemployment" is meaningless. Especially knowing how many in state government are being terminated daily. That number alone would negate these numbers. Consider the source.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM
    There is no way you come in as Govenor to a state that has record high longterm unemployment numbers, start doing mass lay off to state emloyeess and the unemployment numbers go down. That is just a lie.
  • by Wilhem Location: Tallahassee on Mar 10, 2011 at 09:25 AM
    The only reason unemployment has dropped is because people have exhausted their benefits. Start telling the truth.
  • by watcher Location: nearby on Mar 10, 2011 at 09:08 AM
    How about some details about 8000 added jobs - are they good stable middleclass income jobs or are they temporary low pay, seasonal or staffing type postions? While you are at it WorkSource, tell us the total number of people during this same quarter who have exhausted benefits and are NO LONGER counted as unemployed.
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