MIAMI ( – Florida’s unemployment problem continues to throw a damper on any potential economic recovery in the state. Statewide, the unemployment rate stood at 10.6 percent; but the news in South Florida was much, much worse.

According to the Agency for Workforce Innovation’s basic numbers, the unemployment rate for June in Miami-Dade County stood at 13.9 percent. That means, more than 182,000 workers in Miami-Dade County are unemployed.

But, when you add in workers who have given up looking for jobs, the underemployed, and other workers, the true unemployment rate in Miami-Dade County is 22 percent.

Miami-Dade’s unemployment rate increased from 13.7 percent in May to June’s 13.9 percent. Year-over-year, unemployment in Miami-Dade County is up 1.2 percent.

Additionally, the Miami/Miami Beach/Kendall metropolitan area has the second highest unemployment rate, trailing only the Palm Coast. Miami-Dade County’s unemployment rate was the third highest by county in the state.

It’s making the job search even more frustrating for the unemployed.

“Lets’ say you are working for a computer job, sales, masseuses; you have a ton of people looking for the same thing,” said Augusto Sandino Pastora. “I don’t get discouraged because this is something we can’t do right now.”

Broward County’s unemployment rate rose by 0.5 percent from May to a June rate of 9.5 percent. But, when you add in the same factors mentioned above, the true unemployment rate in Broward County stood at 17.6 percent.

As of June, roughly 94,000 workers in Broward County were listed as unemployed, but that doesn’t factor in the people who have given up finding work, the underemployed, etc.

Monroe County saw their unemployment rate increase by 0.3 percent to 6.6 percent in June. Roughly 3,038 workers were looking for work in Monroe County. If you add in the entire picture, the true unemployment rate for Monroe County was 14.7 percent.

The statewide rate remains much higher than the national unemployment rate of 9.2 percent.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said that Florida is “bucking the national trend in unemployment,” and that June’s report showing no change in the unemployment rate is “great news for Floridians.”

Comments (21)
  1. lmmd says:

    so where are the jobs scottie?

    1. BJ McLaughlin says:

      And yet ANOTHER ONE looking to the government to solve all of their problems. Pathetic.

  2. cassandra-b says:

    people need work

    money from miami job large resource for families in other countries – not only affect USA

    1. Sean says:


      I do respect you and your people. They are hard working, good people.

      But there really are not many jobs here and the number of people coming here by the millions is taking away jobs from everybody else.

      Just a fact.

  3. Me says:

    Miami lacks industry, which years ago had the opportunity to bring in, but didn’t. Every job opening is filled by employees relatives, friends, cat, and dogs from Cuba. Wonder why the crime rate is so high? The population just keeps growing and not by Americans relocating here from within, but illegals. They are talking about making So. California a separate state, why not do the same with Dade County and call it Third World Territory.

    1. Daley says:

      Americans have to take a stand against CUBANS. The moderator thinks along the lines of don’t make any waves against Cubans. They have destroyed Miami, but they think they have improved it. I am going to Cuba because there is most likely less Cubans there. Also, Cubans are ignorant, bullies and terrible drivers. If you plan on visiting Miami or moving here go see a mental health expert first… do not do it.

      1. Joe Fontenot says:

        Wait to see how the don’t support the new Stadium , maybe that will be Loria’s new pitch…free admission for Free Loading Cubans

  4. michael says:

    It is sick that a place like Miami, has 22% unemployment. They should fire everyone in the local government, police, teachers that have no clue what they are teaching and start over again. Crime in Mimai?? Who do you think is working for the Government here and spending TAX dollars??

  5. brokelikehell says:


  6. rhonda says:

    we are all just animals with territorial instincts. look inside any jail or schoolyard for the real truth. cliques, gangs are just what we all call tribes. tribal instincts. trying to hang on to tradition, culture, memes. this will never change. until we all destroy ourselves. and with 7 billion people on this planet, it will only get more barbaric. survival mentality will prevail.

  7. billBob says:

    Miami is the poster child of bad immigration poicies run amok.

    Welcome to Miami, a City than feels and looks like a 3rd World Country.

  8. Dave says:

    I’m sure that every one of those unemployed people voted for Obama. Be sure to keep chasing empty promises.

  9. tincup says:

    People please hear me,
    we all seeing it b4, there are good mexicans and there are bad mexicans, same with cubans, colombians, and what have you.
    We cubans, who got here 40 and 50 years ago, and learned english, and went to war for this country need to be respected by you, the same way I respect you. Please don’t put me in the same basket with the rest. This is my country, at age 60, I have expend more time here than in Cuba. And Probably, I’m almost sure I love this country as much maybe more than many of you.

    1. LynCan says:

      Tincup, I do respect you. I, too, am fron another country. When I got here, I didn’t speak a word of English, but I learned quickly. I am now a PROUD American citizen, respect all laws, pay may taxes, and educated myself so that I have a well-paying job. Unfortunately, the younger cuban generatiion, whether born here or in Cuba, do not have the same resolve as your generation did. Take that trial going on in Miami-Dade county right now over a high school murder. The girl, which the boys were fighting over, needed an interpreter to testify. She was educated here. What the hell is that all about? I think your generation should have instilled some American values to the next generation and I believe that’s where you failed. Again, nothing against you, just saying my two cents.

  10. John says:


    I respect you. we are all Americans.

    We also respect the people trying to escape Cuba, Mexico and other countries to get some money.

    Like the wise person above said, the population is now too much. Too many children. Not enough food or work.

    People need to stop having babies…

    1. BJ McLaughlin says:

      It’s not about RESPECT. It’s about reality. The reality is that people who have broken our laws to invade our country (for whatever reason) are CRIMINALS, and should be jailed or removed. In the meantime, these criminals, and their criminal offspring are bleeding this country dry, while contributing nothing except ignorance, poverty, and crime. Here’s a thought: how about instead of “escaping” their own BROKEN countries, they try to FIX their country. That way they don’t have to BREAK our country too.

  11. BJ McLaughlin says:

    But they keep telling us that the recession ended in 2009, and that the hundreds of billions of dollars of stimulus money “saved” the economy. Nearly half of the people in this country pay NO income tax. Less than 20% of the people suck more than 70% of the money out of the entitlement programs. Illegal aliens are bankrupting our social services, and stealing jobs from Americans. As long as people are permitted to be parasites, and live off of the rest of us hardworking taxpayers, this country will never again have a healthy economy. Get used to high unemployment rates, a lousy housing market, and a stalled economy; it’s going to be around for awhile. Don’t forget to vote Obama again next year; that HOPE and CHANGE is right around the corner. And if you believe that, I can sell you a very nice bridge overlooking Biscayne Bay.

  12. mch2o says:

    is a joke…all i can say stop lying to the people. i put my claim with unemplyment offices in Tallahassee, because i had companies that will tell me they didnt want to hire me. because i was on umemployment for too long…i said wow…l said,like if i had a choice when i got laid off.. the personal of unemployment told me. theres nothing they could do, if i want it to make a complain i will have to hire an attorney and proceed from there….what an advices coming from the people that we should count on..all politics

    1. BJ McLaughlin says:

      I’m pretty sure that you could land a writer’s job at the Miami Herald.

  13. Michael says:

    To all of you who have made derog comments about the Cubans: Look at the facts. The most prominent, educated and wealthiest residents of Miami are the Cuban Americans. They control the better part of the job market and run big business because they just happen to be much more prepared than the majority of Americans. I am not originally from Miami so I have something to compare with. You cannot compare the level of intelectual sophistication and overall business savy of a Cuban American with your average American. Im sorry for your level of bitterness towards the Cubans, but maybe you just can’t compete with this community. it’s ok, you can move to a less sophisticated place where you can afford to live and compete.

    1. BJ McLaughlin says:

      Just read your comment, and while it’s true that the Cuban American community has done much better than other minorities in this country, I’m curious as to the demographic source of your “facts”. You’ve made statements that you claim to be fact, but they’re probably just your interpretation of anecdotal evidence. I also have a small problem accepting “facts” from you, considering the number of spelling and grammatical errors in your comment. Sorry Michael, we’re not buying it.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Watch & Listen LIVE