Jobless Rates Rise

After two years, Dora DeVane has had it with looking for a job in Florida.

“I’m applying for jobs in another state”. We asked: Do you think you have a better chance there? Devane says “I have an interview Monday morning”.

Statistically, there are now 5 point 8 job seekers for every available job.

New numbers suggest Florida has 16,400 fewer jobs than it did a month ago, making the state the top job loser in December.

State Labor Economist Rebecca Rust says Florida is losing jobs at the same pace as the nation. ” The number of unemployed is 1, 087,000.

So Florida’s unemployment rate is 11.8 percent is higher than the national rate at ten point 0, also released for December”, says Rust.

Almost a quarter million jobs disappeared in 2009.

Employers facing five and ten fold increase in their unemployment taxes to pay claims may be adding to the problem.

Richard Harris got laid off in December and can’t find work as an electricians helper.

He blames the threat of higher taxes.

“Nobody is doing anything because of this new tax coming out…nobody is hiring today because they don’t know if they gonna have to pay taxes in the end of March” says Harris. “It might even cost some employees”.

The lower the educational level, the more likely someone is to be unemployed. The job loss rate is predicted to top 12 percent in coming months.

State leaders have vowed to delay an increase in unemployment taxes, but nothing is certain.

The higher taxes are due March 31st.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2010 at 05:26 PM
    Anon on Jan 25, 2010 @ 06:02am: Are you an idiot...well yes you are.. what part of 8.5 to 1 did you not understand? All the job's you see advertised want BS degrees just to answer phones. You must be employed with the legislature because you understand nothing!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2010 at 03:02 AM
    It's not all the governemnts fault. I blame most on the people that are looking for jobs. if the unemployment numbers are so high, why are there still job announcements in the paper and online. Let me tell you why. those people looking for work are too picky. if you are that hard up for a job, flip burgers or something untill something better comes along. there are jobs out there, whether or not you are willing to take it or not.
  • by Judy on Jan 23, 2010 at 03:17 PM
    My son was as full of life like Rob Nucatola;now he is a broken young man . He has been unemployed for a year. His wife is a teacher who is still working while my son draws unemployment which will run out soon.We have to buy them groceries. We are retired and can only do so much.This administration is causing so much misery for those who want a job. It is heartbreaking to see the light go out of your loved ones eyes because they have to live in a private hell because the daughter-in-law can't bring food for lunch and one meal a day is all they can have. They are proud people but, have gone to see about food stamps but, were turned down because they told them they have to much money. I think that a teacher in her second year does not have to much money. They pay all they can pay towards the bills and gas for the car. They don't waste anything.I want to know that before I die that America starts getting on the right track where anyone that wants a job, will be able to get a job.
  • by Barack on Jan 23, 2010 at 03:10 PM
    Don't worry my good people in Florida. I'm creating millions and millions of green jobs as I speak.
  • by fsugal Location: tally on Jan 23, 2010 at 11:32 AM
    Obama has no9thing to do with the unemployment rate and proposed state taxes. This is what happens when the repugnants are in charge. They are way too busy trying to line the pockets of their rich friends while failing to close tax loopholes for their luxerious toys. They are living off the backs of the lower and middle class and screwing us the whole time.
  • by Barry O Location: DC on Jan 23, 2010 at 08:02 AM
    YO YO PEEPS, SORRY MY BAD!
  • by Gary Location: Tallahassee on Jan 23, 2010 at 07:44 AM
    Thanks Charlie for Taking Obama's money. Now the unemployment fund is broke because of the strings that were tied to the free money from Obama. All those that are out of work can thank the president for his change. When will the elected learn that you can't keep taxing the workers to keep paying the others to sit home on their butts and not work?? Lets cut out most of the public assistance programs and make everyone earn a living. Those earning welfare can at least get out and pick up garbage beside the road. I would be willing to have a goverment daycare for them as long as they are required to work. There is lots of grass to be cut beside the interstate, and 21" push mowers dont' cost that much. Lets give them all push mowers and slings and put them to work for their free money.
  • by Sgt. Rock Location: Tallahassee on Jan 23, 2010 at 06:04 AM
    This is what happens when you get a bunch of Marxists in charge. They have no real world experience in the private sector; all of their experience is in government and theoretical academia. That's why their answer to everything is to raise taxes. Nov. 2010 can't get here soon enough!
  • by minty Location: nfla on Jan 23, 2010 at 05:51 AM
    With employers having having to pay a higher unemployment tax, I expect these numbers to rise a little more over the first quarter. The small businesses whom only employ a few and are already struggling to make payroll, may have to close doors if the business can't be run with less than a few employees. Believe it or not, those few will add up when all thses small business have to cut one or two people. Many self employed with one employee are having to do the job without the one helper. It's often not possible and the the self employed is now looking for employment. Times are still very scary for those who struggle to get from week to week and bill to bill.
  • by BULL Location: FLORIDA on Jan 23, 2010 at 05:12 AM
    AND THE JOBLESS NUIBER WILL CONTINUE TO FALL AS LONG AS THE HANDS OF THE SELF EMPLOYED CONTINUE TO BE TIED AND NO NEW JOBS ARE CREATED I WONDER HOW MANY JOBS WOULD BE CREATED IF DRILLING OFF FLORIDA'S COAST WAS ALLOWED. PEOPLE WAKE UP BEFORE ITS TO LATE. LETS VOTE IN SOME NEW PEOPLE WITH NEW IDEAS.
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