Escambia, Santa Rosa Jobless Numbers Fall
March 30, 2013
The latest jobs numbers released Friday showed good news for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida, while the jobless rate in Escambia County, Ala., continued to inch upwards.
Escambia County’s unemployment rate dropped half a percentage point from 7.9 percent in January to 7.5 percent in February. There were 644 fewer people reported unemployed during the period, for a total Escambia County unemployment of 10,318 people. One year ago, unemployment in Escambia County was 8.9 percent.
Santa Rosa County unemployment decreased from 7.3 percent in January to 6.7 percent in February. Santa Rosa County had a total of 4,901 persons reported to be still unemployed. The year-ago unemployment rate in Santa Rosa County was 8.4 percent.
In Escambia County, Alabama, unemployment increased slightly from 9.6 percent in January to 9.7 percent in Febrary. That represented 1,395 people unemployed in the county during the month. The year-ago rate was 9.2 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 continued to drop last month, slipping to 7.7 percent. Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday that just under 300,000 private sector jobs have been created in Florida since December 2010, the month before he took office. The 7.7 percent jobless rate is the lowest since October of 2008 and is well below the 9 percent rate of a year ago.
Florida’s rate is also the same as the national 7.7 percent unemployment figure, a key psychological marker of how the state is doing. Earlier this month, state officials reported that Florida unemployment dipped in January to 7.8 percent, below last month’s national rate of 7.9 percent. The Florida figure, however, has since been adjusted upward to show that the actual rate in January was 7.9 percent, same as the nation as a whole.
Alabama’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, at 7.2 percent in February, was up from January’s rate of 6.9 percent and was equal to the year-ago rate.