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.
Florida’s unemployment rate dropped for a second-straight month to 7.5 percent which was the lowest the rate has been since October 2008 when it was 7.4 percent.
Governor Rick Scott hopes the release of the state’s unemployment numbers Friday will bring more improvement after the jobs numbers spiked in January.
Florida’s unemployment dipped below the national average in January to its lowest level in four years.
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.
While the job market in South Florida continues to struggle, nationally, the numbers remain positive, but not enough to bring the unemployment rate down.
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.
The number of people asking for unemployment benefits last week dropped to the lowest level since March 2008, according to the Labor Department.
Florida’s jobless rate fell in November to 8.1 percent, its lowest rate since late 2008.
The U.S. economy continued to show signs of life in November even as the nation edged ever closer to the fiscal cliff/austerity crisis.