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Florida unemployment since January 2008

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"Florida unemployment" used to be an oxymoron: we talked about employment numbers, not the unemployed. The big story was job creation, not unemployment benefits

Browse stories since January 2008 to trace how far we've fallen. (Jobless rates reflect unrevised figures, as they were originally reported. For example, the July 2009 rate of 10.7 percent was later revised to 10.8 percent. Find the latest revisions from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.)

--Becky Bowers, Deputy Business Editor

 

10.8 percent

Florida unemployment (April 2011)

Florida's unemployment rate fell substantially to 10.8 percent in April, reaching the lowest level in 19 months. The state added 14,900 jobs over the month, pushing the estimated number of unemployed below 1 million for the first time since October 2009. The 10.8 percent rate reflects about 996,000 jobless out of a labor force of 9.2 million.

11.1 percent

Florida unemployment (March 2011)

Florida's unemployment rate fell to 11.1 percent in March, reaching a level not seen since November 2009 and fostering hope that a demonstrable jobs recovery was finally under way. The state's jobless rate had steadily improved since peaking at a modern-era record 12 percent in December. In fact, the 0.4 percent decline last month matched February as the biggest monthly drop since 1992.

11.5 percent

Florida unemployment (February 2011)

Florida's unemployment rate fell sharply in February to 11.5 percent as the state added 22,700 jobs. But the state's unemployment rate remained far higher than the national average of 8.9 percent.

 

11.9 percent

Florida unemployment (January 2011)

Florida's unemployment rate edged down slightly to 11.9 percent from a record 12 percent in December. But that was mainly because more people had stopped looking for work, said Scott Brown, chief economist with St. Petersburg-based Raymond James Financial.

12 percent

Florida unemployment (December 2010)

Florida's unemployment rate remained stagnant at 12 percent in December, but the labor pool lost an estimated 17,900 jobs from November.

 

12 percent
Florida unemployment (November 2010)

Florida's unemployment rate rose to 12 percent in November, the highest level since April and just shy of the 12.3 percent record set earlier this year.

 

11.9 percent
Florida unemployment (October 2010)

State figures showed unemployment remained stuck at 11.9 percent in October. Yet on the plus side, 6,900 net jobs were added over the month and 33,700 over the year. That puts us in the strongest job creation mode since the onset of the recession three years ago. On the other hand, a Labor Department survey used to estimate unemployment rates indicates there are 17,000 fewer people employed in Florida than a year ago, 6,000 fewer over the last month alone.

 

11.9 percent
Florida unemployment (September 2010)

Government was in job creation mode a year ago, in hope that new public sector positions and federal stimulus jobs would lead Florida out of the Great Recession. Now a dry-up in government jobs has emerged as one of the biggest drags on Florida regaining its employment footing.

 

11.7 percent
Florida unemployment (August 2010)

Never mind the "summer of recovery." Florida isn't even poised for an autumn of recovery. Florida unemployment climbed to 11.7 percent in August, scorched by the combined impact of thousands of additional lost jobs and an influx of longtime jobless who got off the sidelines and began actively looking for work again.

 

11.5 percent
Florida unemployment (July 2010)

Florida's job market is headed the wrong direction again, and there's growing concern it may get a little worse before it gets better. The state's unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 11.5 percent in July, reversing three months of declines.

 

11.4 percent
Florida unemployment (June 2010)

Florida's unemployment rate improved for the third straight month, dropping to 11.4 percent in June, with the private sector gradually adding jobs again.

 

11.7 percent
Florida unemployment (May 2010)

Florida's unemployment rate dropped to 11.7 percent in May, the second monthly decline in a row since the state struck a post-World War II record of 12.3 percent in March.

 

12 percent

Florida unemployment (April 2010)

Florida's unemployment rate fell sharply in April, retreating from a record 12.3 percent. The drop marked the first monthly decline in the state's unemployment rate since February 2006.

 

12.3 percent

Florida unemployment (March 2010)

Florida's unemployment rate in March topped the previous month's modern-era record of 12.2 percent. The figure represented 1.14 million jobless Floridians out of a labor force of nearly 9.3 million.

 

12.2 percent

Florida unemployment (February 2010)

Florida's unemployment rate hit the highest point since the state began tracking such data in 1970. The previous record of 11.9 percent was set in May 1975 in the aftermath of the '73-'74 recession. Economists believe that unemployment was far higher for the state during the Great Depression, when the national jobless figure reached as high as 25 percent. 

 

11.9 percent

Florida unemployment (January 2010)

The jobless rate tied a state record set nearly 35 years earlier. It was up from a revised 11.7 percent in December, fueled by a loss of 6,100 jobs during the month.

 

11.8 percent

Florida unemployment (December 2009)

The highest rate since May 1975, when it was 11.9 percent. December's rate represented nearly 1.1 million jobless out of a labor force of 9.2 million.

 

 

11.5 percent

Florida unemployment (November 2009)

Florida unemployment rocketed upward, representing more than 1 million jobless out of a statewide labor force of 9.2 million. It also broadened the gap between the rest of the country, with the rate running 1.5 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate of 10 percent.

 

11.2 percent

Florida unemployment (October 2009)

Florida's unemployment rate continued its upward trajectory, rising to 11.2 percent in October, a full percentage point higher than the national unemployment rate.


11 percent

Florida unemployment (September 2009)

Florida's unemployment rate jumped to 11 percent in September, pushing the total number of jobless above 1 million and hitting the highest level since October 1975.

 

10.7 percent

Florida unemployment (August 2009)

Florida was one of just 16 states to post a month-to-month decrease for August. In contrast, California, Nevada and Rhode Island each hit record unemployment rates, and five states are now topping 12 percent.

 

10.7 percent

Florida unemployment (July 2009)

Florida’s unemployment rate was 10.7 percent in July, unchanged from a revised June figure. That represents 987,000 jobless out of a labor force of 9.1 million, reflecting more than 400,000 fewer jobs in Florida than a year ago.

 

10.6 percent

Florida unemployment (June 2009)

Florida's unemployment rate jumped to 10.6 percent in June, the highest in more than 34 years. The jobless figure, up from 10.2 percent a month earlier, represents 970,000 out-of-work Floridians out of a statewide workforce of 9.19 million.

 

10.2 percent

Florida unemployment (May 2009)

Florida's joblessness reaches the highest rate since October 1975, when it was 11 percent. With the decline in construction across Florida, spinoff industries have been suffering. For example, hot tub maker DM Industries shut down its Florida factory and satellite operations in Tampa and elsewhere.

 

9.6 percent

Florida unemployment (April 2009)

The rate dips for the first time since the recession began. Florida still remains above the national average of 8.9 percent. The rate in the Tampa Bay area also drops.

 

 

9.7 percent
Florida unemployment (March 2009)
At least Florida hasn't joined California and the other members of the double-digit unemployment club … yet. The state's unemployment rate climbed to 9.7 percent in March, tying a record high under the current methodology for tracking unemployment set in the first three months of 1976. (The March rate was later revised upward to 9.8 percent.)

 

9.4 percent
Florida unemployment (February 2009)
Florida’s unemployment skyrocketed to 9.4 percent in February, with the number of jobless in the Tampa Bay area breaking into the double-digits at 10.2 percent. That put Florida’s unemployment at its highest rate in nearly 33 years.

 

8.6 percent
Florida unemployment (January 2009)
Number crunchers tracking the state's unemployment cautioned that the news could be grim after an annual revision of years worth of data. Boy, were they right.

 

8.1 percent
Florida unemployment (December 2008)
Florida economists grow accustomed to repeating a phrase no one likes to hear: It's worse than we thought.

 

7.3 percent
Florida unemployment (November 2008)
Florida lost more jobs in November than any other state as the pain that started in home construction continued spreading to other parts of the economy.

 

7 percent
Florida unemployment (October 2008)
The state's unemployment rate in October jumped to a 15-year high of 7 percent, up from 6.6 percent a month earlier and outpacing the national rate.

 

6.6 percent
Florida unemployment (September 2008)
Florida's unemployment rate stayed steady at 6.6 percent, but counties in the Tampa Bay area were all hit by a slight rise on the jobless front.

 

6.5 percent
Florida unemployment (August 2008)
Another 27,000 Floridians joined the unemployment line in August, as the state's jobless rate rose to 6.5 percent, worse than the national average and the highest it had been since January 1995.

 

6.1 percent
Florida unemployment (July 2008)
Once a job-generating machine, Florida led the nation in job losses in July. For a third straight month. And Tampa Bay was the state's hardest-hit metro area.

 

5.5 percent
Florida unemployment (June 2008)
Florida led the nation with the largest over-the-month decrease in total job numbers in June. Over the year, the state had lost 78,100 jobs. More than half of those were in construction.

 

5.5 percent
Florida unemployment (May 2008)
Unemployment in the Tampa Bay area took what was its sharpest one-month jump in recent history in May, rising to 5.6 percent, up from 4.9 percent in April and 3.7 percent just a year before.

 

4.9 percent
Florida unemployment (April 2008)
For April, Florida led the nation for the largest month-over-month drop in employment levels.

 

4.9 percent
Florida unemployment (March 2008)
Florida's showing was second worst in the nation on two fronts; only Michigan lost more jobs and only California saw a bigger jump in the unemployment rate.

 

4.8 percent
Florida unemployment (February 2008)
The ranks of the unemployed rose faster in the Tampa Bay region over the past year than in almost any other large metro area in the country.

 

4.6 percent
Florida unemployment (January 2008)
After five years of Florida boasting lower unemployment rates than the national average, data showed the lines converging.

[Last modified: Friday, May 20, 2011 5:49pm]

    

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