Florida's Unemployment Rate Drops, Job Creation Increases

By: Allison Nielsen | Posted: July 18, 2014 12:05 PM
Rick Scott

Rick Scott

Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in June, according to a report released Friday from the Department of Economic Opportunity.

June’s unemployment rate was a slight downtick from May’s rate, which was 6.3 percent. The state’s unemployment rate is still slightly higher than the national rate, which was 6.1 percent for the month of June.

Friday’s report showed the state added nearly 37,000 jobs in June with almost 600,000 Floridians out of work. The numbers show some positivity since the state experienced the worst job loss in the nation for the month of May.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Florida led the nation in job growth last month.

Walton County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 3.4 percent, followed by Monroe County (3.5 percent) and Okaloosa County, which had an unemployment rate of 4.6 percent.

Hendry County had the highest unemployment rate at 10.6 percent. Flagler County and Hamilton County had the second and third highest unemployment rates, at 8.8 percent and 8.6 percent respectively.

Miami-Dade County had an unemployment rate higher than the state average at 7.3 percent.

Gov. Rick Scott, who has championed a growing workforce and a decreasing unemployment rate as part of his re-election pitch, praised the report’s numbers, noting that June’s job-creation numbers were the highest the state has seen.

“This news is great for Florida families, and Florida continues to have great success in our state’s economic recovery,” said Scott, who made the announcement in Bonita Springs. “Let’s keep working so that every person who wants a job can get one here in Florida.”

Jesse Panuccio, executive director of the Department of Economic Opportunity, pointed to the policies of the Scott administration as the reason behind Florida’s dipping unemployment rate.

“This economic growth is not happening by chance,” he said. “Policy matters, and this administration will keep working to promote the pro-growth policies that are making Florida the best state in the nation in which to live, work, and start or grow a business.”

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Comments (8)

11:11AM JUL 19TH 2014
Yeah! Florida moves up from nothing and Scott creates a campaign message. Florida's unemployment rate is still higher than the national. And Florida ranks in the bottom 50% in the country for employment.
11:05AM JUL 19TH 2014
I have not seen numbers on how many of these jobs are temp, low-wage jobs in the tourist industry.
Scott Henry
11:38PM JUL 18TH 2014
This is why I voted for Rick Scott! He is, by far, the better candidate for the Governors office for the next 4 years.
Donald Shnyder
1:29PM JUL 18TH 2014
Gee it must be nice to have the power to lead people around by the nose. vote for me or starve, after I am in office you can go back on unemployment.
1:28PM JUL 18TH 2014
Government does not create private sector jobs. Government can only create government jobs. So Rick Scott read my 1st comment.
11:03AM JUL 19TH 2014
Another Republican talking point. Of course the government creates private sector jobs - by providing incentives and infrastructure to support private enterprise.
1:23PM JUL 18TH 2014
I lifted the toilet seat and guess what I saw? Yep, Rick Scott!
John Browning
1:10PM JUL 18TH 2014
Without a doubt this is accurate figure. There are many people who have iven up looking or are not being counted. The actuall number, especially in Putnam County is closer to 9%!!!

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