Unemployment On The Rise In 3-County Area
July 23, 2011
The latest job numbers released Friday was bad news for the three counties in the North Escambia area, with unemployment rates up sharply.
Escambia County’s unemployment jumped back into the double digits — from 9.9 in May to 10.5 percent in June. There were 1,045 jobs lost, for a total Escambia County unemployment of 14,950 people. One year ago, unemployment in Escambia County was 10.7 percent.
Santa Rosa County a full percentage point increase— from 8.7 percent in May to 9.7 percent in June. Santa Rosa County lost 810jobs during the period, with a total of 7,030 persons still unemployed. The year-ago unemployment rate in Santa Rosa County was 9.6 percent.
Escambia County, Alabama, had over a one percent jump in unemployment — from 11.2 percent in May to 12.4 percent in June. Escambia, Alabama, lost 22 jobs during the month-long period, with 1,875 people out of work.
Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June 2011 is 10.6 percent. This represents 982,000 jobless out of a labor force of 9,234,000. The state’s unemployment rate is unchanged from May 2011 but is 0.8 percentage point lower than the June 2010 rate of 11.4 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate is 9.2 percent in June.
Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment in June 2011 is 7,247,000, an increase of 4,300 jobs (+0.1 percent) from May 2011. Florida has gained 85,500 jobs from January through June 2011.
“While Florida’s continued pattern of job growth is good news, we still have much work to do to restore our state’s economy to pre-recession levels, and that effort remains our highest priority,” said Agency for Workforce Innovation Director Cynthia R. Lorenzo. “Under Governor Scott’s leadership and through Florida’s nationally recognized workforce services, we are committed to ensuring our employers and potential employers have the support they need to succeed and create the jobs that will continue Florida’s forward momentum.”
Alabama’s June 2011 unemployment rate rose to 9.9%, up from May’s rate of 9.6% and the 9.3% recorded a year ago. June’s rate represents 213,975 unemployed persons, compared to 206,578 last month and 197,780 in June 2010.
“While we are disappointed to report any increase in our seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, we keep in mind the contributing factors that led us here,” said Alabama Department of Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees. “We still have hundreds of Alabamians unemployed as a direct result of the tornadoes of last April and the national unemployment rate also continues to rise. On the positive side, we have observed an uptick in the number of discouraged workers re-entering the job market in their employment search. There are over 33,000 more Alabamians working in June than in January, but during this same period over 50,000 came into the workforce. ”