Unemployment Rate Up

June 16, 2012

The latest job numbers released Friday showed an increase in unemployment  in the three-county North Escambia area — as Florida’s employment rate was down a full two percentage points from one year ago.

Escambia County’s unemployment rate increase from 8.1 percent in April to 8.4 percent in May.  There were 627 more reported unemployed  during the period, for a total Escambia County unemployment of 11,573 people. One year ago, unemployment in Escambia County was 9.7 percent.

Santa Rosa County unemployment held steady from April to May at 7.6 percent. Santa Rosa County had a total of 5,449 persons still unemployed. The year-ago unemployment rate in Santa Rosa County was 8.5 percent.

In Escambia County, Alabama, unemployment jumped from 7.8 percent in April to 9.0 percent. That represented 1,342  people unemployed in the county during the month. The year-ago rate was 10.5 percent.

The jobless numbers released by Florida and Alabama do not include persons that have given up on finding a job and are no longer reported as unemployed.

Florida’s unemployment rate in May fell to 8.6 percent, down 0.1 percent from April and 2.0 percent lower than a year ago, the Department of Economic Opportunity reported Friday. The U.S. rate remained unchanged from April and remained at 8.2 percent.

Alabama’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, at 7.4  percent in May, was up from April’s rate of 7.2 percent and was below the year-ago rate of 9.3 percent.


4 Responses to “Unemployment Rate Up”

  1. Jane on June 17th, 2012 6:20 pm

    Sometimes I wonder why the County Commissioners are so determined to keep industry out of this area. It has been that way for at least 35 years. All they think of is downtown Pensacola and tourism.

  2. Stay at home son on June 16th, 2012 9:38 pm

    This area’s job market just plain stinks that’s why me as well as several of my friends are seeking employment out of this area!

  3. Caraway bandit on June 16th, 2012 1:29 pm

    (Insert incorrect comment about how unemployment is calculated)

  4. Betty on June 16th, 2012 12:39 pm

    And it won’t get any better any time soon…

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