Florida '08 job losses second only to California
Yes, we know Florida lost a whopping 255,200 jobs last year. But now the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics gives us national perspective on the severity of those losses in the state.
Only California lost more jobs last year: 257,400, or just 2,200 more than in Florida. The trick, of course, is that the California economy employs 14,913,600 while Florida employs 7,784,200. In other words, Florida lost roughly the same number of jobs as a state that employs nearly twice as many people. That's nasty. On the brighter side, California's unemployment rate is 9.3 percent while Florida's is 8.1 percent. Keep your seat belts fastened.
(Photo: Job recruiter Michael Mrozowski with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, right, explains the job opportunities at his business to Florida State University student Anya Solomon during a job fair last week in Tallahassee. AP photo by Phil Coale.)
-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist