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Unemployment holds steady at 10.6 percent



After dropping five consecutive months, Florida's unemployment leveled off in June at 10.6 percent. Story here.

From the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation this morning:

This represents 982,000 jobless out of a labor force of 9,234,000. The state’s unemployment rate is unchanged from May 2011 but is 0.8 percentage point lower than the June 2010 rate of 11.4 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate is 9.2 percent in June.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment in June 2011 is 7,247,000, an increase of 4,300 jobs (+0.1 percent) from May 2011. Florida has gained 85,500 jobs from January through June 2011.

“While Florida’s continued pattern of job growth is good news, we still have much work to do to restore our state’s economy to pre-recession levels, and that effort remains our highest priority,” said Agency for Workforce Innovation Director Cynthia R. Lorenzo. “Under Governor Scott’s leadership and through Florida’s nationally recognized workforce services, we are committed to ensuring our employers and potential employers have the support they need to succeed and create the jobs that will continue Florida’s forward momentum.”

Gov. Rick Scott's statement:

"Today I learned that since January, Florida has added 85,500 new jobs, 4,300 of which were added in June. This is great news for Floridians.

“I am encouraged that Florida is still bucking the national trend in unemployment. We maintained a steady unemployment rate from May to June while the national unemployment rate continued to climb.

“Ultimately, my goal is to make sure every Floridian has the opportunity for a job. This won’t happen overnight, but we’re off to a great start. We’ve begun transitioning our workforce to the private sector, streamlining government functions and leading our state in the right direction.”

[Last modified: Friday, July 22, 2011 3:08pm]


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