Please disable your Ad Blocker to better interact with this website.

Florida unemployment rate at 3.9 percent
Florida Politics

Florida unemployment rate at 3.9 percent

285
0

Florida’s jobless rate in January was unchanged from the end of 2017, according to numbers posted Monday by the state Department of Economic Opportunity. With growth in jobs tied to food services, accommodations, construction and professional services, Florida posted a 3.9 percent unemployment rate for the first month of 2018, representing 397,000 Floridians qualifying as unemployed from a workforce of 10.15 million.

The rate matches the December figure, which was initially posted at 3.7 percent but has since been revised upward. The jobless rate had reached 3.6 percent in November. Florida remains below the national mark of 4.1 percent. A year ago, Florida’s unemployment rate stood at 4.6 percent, with 461,000 people listed as out of work. The January job gains were balanced with a reduction in the categories of real estate, retail trade, government, and transportation, warehousing and utilities.

In a possible sign that the Florida Keys have not fully recovered from Hurricane Irma in September, Monroe County — which typically has the state’s lowest unemployment rate — had a 3.7 percent rate in January, behind five counties. St. Johns County was the lowest at 3.3 percent, with Okaloosa County at 3.5 percent and Orange, Seminole and Wakulla counties at 3.6 percent. Pinellas, Walton and Lafayette counties also were at 3.7 percent.

Counties with the highest unemployment rates in the state were Citrus at 6 percent, up from 5.4 percent in December, and Sumter, 5.9 percent, up from 5.3 percent at the end of 2017.

Tagged:

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning South Florida-based political journalist who publishes the Floridianpress.com, Hispolitica.com, CactusPolitics.com, JudicialPost.com, and Shark-Tank.com. During the 2018 election cycle, he ran in the Republican primary race for congress in Florida’s 22nd congressional district. He enjoys soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming and biking. Email him at [email protected] Javier is also a political consultant, and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at www.brownpeople.org

richard corcoran
FloridaFlorida Politics
Corcoran continues pushing his “Make Florida Great” campaign
Corcoran is once again reminding Floridians of the work he has done to crack down on [...]
'Rosy' Palomino
Florida PoliticsMIami
Palomino set to rechallenge State Rep. Nicholas Duran
In the end, this race, will boil down to who can raise the money to win
Phillip Levine
FloridaFlorida Politics
Phillip Levine, the everyone’s gubernatorial candidate?
The likable and charismatic mayor of Miami Beach, Phillip Levine, is considered by [...]