Florida Unemployment Rate Drops; Escambia And Santa Rosa Up

December 22, 2012

The latest job numbers released Friday showed the unemployment rate up just in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, while Florida saw improvement statewide.

Escambia County’s unemployment rate inched up from 8.1 percent in October to 8.2 percent in Nover.  There were 106 more people reported unemployed during the period, for a total Escambia County unemployment of 11,242 people. One year ago, unemployment in Escambia County was 9.9 percent.

Santa Rosa County unemployment was also up slightly from  7.0 percent in October  to 7.1  percent in November. Santa Rosa County had a total of 5,073 persons  reported to be still unemployed. The year-ago unemployment rate in Santa Rosa County was 8.9 percent.

In Escambia County, Alabama, unemployment down from  9.6 percent in October to 8.2 percent in November. That represented 1,206  people unemployed in the county during the month. The year-ago rate was 9.0 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 jobless rate fell in November to 8.1 percent, its lowest rate since late 2008, sparking optimism from Gov. Rick Scott who outlined a list of economic bright spots Friday.  The November rate was a 0.4 percentage point drop from October and 2 percentage points lower than November 2011, the Department of Economic Opportunity reported Friday.

Florida continued to close in on the national jobless rate, which fell 0.2 points to 7.7 percent in November.
Alabama’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, at 7.5 percent in November, was down from October’s rate of 8.1 percent and was below the year-ago rate of 8.3 percent.


5 Responses to “Florida Unemployment Rate Drops; Escambia And Santa Rosa Up”

  1. nudo on December 22nd, 2012 7:39 pm

    The unemployment numbers are also down due to the temporary holiday jobs that are created this time of year.

  2. David Huie Green on December 22nd, 2012 10:24 am

    “Every time a person maxes out their unemployment it gives the appearance of unemployment dropping ”

    Still no, same as every other time that was said. Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the people who put out the numbers unemployment is not figured based on people drawing assistance but on a survey of people and the questions regarding whether or not they are employed and if they would like to be employed.

    From http://social.dol.gov/blog/behind-the-numbers-calculating-the-unemployment-rate/

    David for truth

  3. DB on December 22nd, 2012 8:01 am

    It only appears to have dropped. Every time a person maxes out their unemployment it gives the appearance of unemployment dropping when
    infact there is just more people off unemployment who now have no
    income to count on at all.

  4. Walnut Hill Roy on December 22nd, 2012 7:42 am

    As the article said, the unemployment numbers don’t reflect those people who have given up looking for work (a bunch) or the number of people who have moved elsewhere to find jobs. The amount of vacant houses and / or houses for sale in this county is astronomical.

  5. Jane on December 22nd, 2012 5:33 am

    Escambia County really has few job opportunities for young people unless you teach, go into health care or work in civil service. Time for a change! We need some industries here to employ people with good wages and good jobs.

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