While the unemployment rate has slowly been ticking downward across the country and in the Sunshine State, the number of new jobs being added to the economy continues to dwindle.
Governor Rick Scott hopes the release of the state’s unemployment numbers Friday will bring more improvement after the jobs numbers spiked in January.
The latest jobs numbers gives hope to workers, employers, and the government that the Great Recession and jobs crisis may be slowly starting to retreat permanently.
The economy continued to show growth over the final two months of the 2012 calendar year, but it wasn’t enough to bring down the unemployment rate in December.
Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped 0.2 percentage points to 8.5 percent in October 2012. The October unemployment report was the lowest unemployment rate in the state since December 2008.
Florida’s unemployment rate in April continued to mirror that of the rest of the country, dropping to 8.7 percent, according to numbers released Friday.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced Monday that Florida’s crime rate dropped nearly one percent in 2011 compared to 2010. Violent crimes statewide were down by 3.7 percent.
If being out of a job isn’t bad enough, Florida’s unemployed workers are about to get some more bad news.
The unemployment rate remained unchanged in February after the economy added 227,000 jobs, the Labor Department said Friday.
President Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats got good news from the unemployment report Friday morning. According to the Labor Department, the unemployment rate in January dropped to 8.3 percent. That’s the lowest rate in roughly three years.