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.