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Florida's unemployment rate stays rate high, static at 10.7 percent

From a press release:

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in August 2011 is 10.7 percent. This represents 987,000 jobless out of a labor force of 9,201,000. The state’s unemployment rate is unchanged from July and is 0.9 percentage point lower than the August 2010 rate of 11.6 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate is 9.1 percent in August.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment in August 2011 is 7,233,100, an increase of 9,900 jobs (+0.1 percent) from July 2011. From January to August 2011, Florida has gained 71,600 jobs.


 “An increase of nearly 10,000 jobs since last month is another positive indication that Florida’s employers are gaining confidence, people are getting back to work, and our state is making progress under Governor Scott’s leadership,” said AWI Director Cynthia R. Lorenzo. “With the launch next month of the Department of Economic Opportunity, we are taking a bold step to position Florida as the number one state in the nation to do business and create jobs.”