Florida's Unemployment Rate Drops, Job Creation Increases
Around the State
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.”