Florida Unemployment Rates Information

Unemployment Rates In Florida

The Unemployment Rate in Florida is 6.2 percent as of December 2013. This has been the lowest since June 2008 when it was 6.0 percent. The rate went down 1.7 percentage points from 7.9 percent a year ago (2012).
The National Rate for unemployment is 6.7 percent.
Here are some important figures according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity:

• There are 584,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force.
• The labor force in Florida is 9,405,000.
• Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment is 7,645,000.
• There was an increase of 14,100 jobs (+0.2 percent) over the month of December.
• Compared to December 2012, the number of jobs in Florida was up by 192,900, an increase of 2.6 percent.
• Florida’s annual job growth rate in December 2013 was the fastest since June 2006.
• Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded or been equal to the nation’s rate since March 2012.
*All data in reference to December 2013.
The industry gaining the most jobs was Trade, Transportation and Utilities with 60,300 jobs more and 3.9 percent.
Job Gains per Industry
• Trade, transportation and utilities: 60,300 jobs, 3.9 percent
• Professional and business services: 37,400 jobs, 3.5 percent
• Construction: 28,800 jobs, 8.4 percent
• Leisure and hospitality: 24,500 jobs, 2.4 percent
• Private education and health services: 16,500 jobs, 1.5 percent
• Financial activities: 12,400 jobs, 2.5 percent
• Other services: 5,200 jobs, 1.7 percent
• Information: 5,000 jobs, 3.8 percent
• Manufacturing: 4,400 jobs, 1.4 percent
Industry job gains were partially due to increases in:
• Food and beverage stores.
• Employment services.
• Specialty trade contractors.
• Food services and drinking places.
• Ambulatory health care services.
• Real estate.
• Personal and laundry services.
• Publishing industries (except internet).
• Fabricated metal product manufacturing.
The only major industry losing jobs over the year was total government with 1,700 job loss at 0.2 percent, including both federal and state government.
Top 3 Counties with the Lowest Unemployment Rate
• Monroe County: 3.5 percent
• Walton County: 4.0 percent
• Okaloosa County: 4.4 percent
Top 3 Counties with the Highest Unemployment Rate
• Hendry County: 10.2 percent
• Flagler County: 8.8 percent
• Hamilton County: 8.4 percent
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) offers several resources to help individuals find work.
• Employ Florida Marketplace: This is a job-matching and workforce resources website that helps Floridians with job search. Visit: https://www.employflorida.com/vosnet/Default.aspx.

• Workforce Programs: DEO workforce programs and services include the Agricultural Services Program, Alien Labor Certification Program, Disability Program Navigator and more. For a full list of programs and services, visit: http://www.floridajobs.org/office-directory/division-of-workforce-services/workforce-programs.

• CareerSource Florida: Statewide network of workforce professionals who help employers hire and train employees. It also helps job seekers and workers advance in their careers. To access CareerSource, visit: http://careersourceflorida.com/.

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