Florida unemployment rate holds steady at 7.1 percent
The Times' Jeff Harrington writes about today's unemployment numbers, unchanged since May:
Extending a stagnant summer for jobs, Florida's unemployment rate in July stayed stuck at 7.1 percent for the third straight month.
Tampa Bay's jobless rate was also unchanged from June's upwardly adjusted rate of 7.3 percent.
There were 665,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force just over 9.4 million, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reported Friday morning.
A separate employer-based survey showed the state added 27,600 jobs month over month, with a jump in the trade, transportation and utilities industry leading the way.
As with previous months, however, many newly created jobs were clustered in lower-paying industries, with retail trade and service providers accounting for the bulk. An increase in food and beverage stores, food services and drinking places, building services, health care services, specialty trade contractors and real estate were the primary job gainers, according to the state's monthly report.