Florida's unemployment at 11 percent
Florida's unemployment rate jumped to 11 percent in September, matching a modern-era high set in October 1975. In the Tampa Bay area, the news was even more grim: a jobless rate of 11.7 percent, up from an upwardly revised rate of 11.4 percent in August.
The statewide rate, up from a revised rate of 10.8 percent in August, represents 1,012,000 jobless out of a labor force of 9.2 million, according to figures released this morning by the state's unemployment office, the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation.
The state's unemployment rate is now 1.2 percent higher than the national average of 9.8 percent. (story here)