Escambia County Unemployment Drops By About One-Third

September 28, 2020

The unemployment rate in Escambia County declined by about one-third in August, according to data recently released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

The unemployment rate in Escambia County was 6.1% in August, down from 9.3% in July. That represents 8,665 people out of work out of a county workforce of 143,166. One year ago, Escambia County’s unemployment rate was just 3.3%, or 4,876 people.

“Even better news is Escambia County and Santa Rosa County are below that statewide average. Obviously now with the hurricane, we’ve got some more recovery to do with out businesses and our families,” said Florida DEO Dan Eagle.

DEO announced the Pensacola area private-sector employment decreased by 7,300 jobs (-4.6 percent) over the year. The industry losing the most jobs over the year was leisure and hospitality (-3,400 jobs).

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in August 2020, down 4.0 percentage points from the revised July 2020 rate, and up 4.4 percentage points from a year ago. There were 753,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,138,000. T

The U.S. unemployment rate was 8.4 percent in August.


14 Responses to “Escambia County Unemployment Drops By About One-Third”

  1. Lacey on October 2nd, 2020 7:09 pm

    Unemployment rates dropping in Escambia County isn’t just because people are finding jobs. Half of them have just exhausted their unemployment funds so they can no longer draw an unemployment check.

  2. Imagine That on September 29th, 2020 5:37 pm

    Well lets see….do away with the $600 per week extra and people actually go back to work…

  3. David Huie Green on September 29th, 2020 11:20 am

    “too many idiots out there refused to believe it’s real and won’t do anything to stop it”

    Why should they? They were told that the entire pandemic was just a Democratic hoax and that the president has it all under his control. Why worry about what isn’t real? (Versus, why trust a liar?)

    David for better people

  4. Nod on September 28th, 2020 9:12 pm

    The same people that cry about the jobless rate are the same that cry about their constitutional rights being violated if they are asked to wear a mask.

  5. Nod on September 28th, 2020 8:50 pm

    Can only do so much with the virus too many idiots out there refused to believe it’s real and won’t do anything to stop it Simple

  6. vote on September 28th, 2020 3:18 pm

    to do a better job with the virus would have got the jobless claims down months ago. working against it has cause life lost and more job losses

  7. vote on September 28th, 2020 3:15 pm

    Its fine to uses deductions to lower your taxes but they have to be legal ones.

  8. Nod on September 28th, 2020 3:09 pm

    Just think of the millions of people that have been able to pay taxes because President Trump and others like him have provided good paying jobs. Poor Dean you just don’t understand.

  9. Kimberly R Parker on September 28th, 2020 11:18 am

    That’s great news but, after Hurricane Sally there are still families displaced, hungry, and in need of assistance so what about HELP my home is gone unlivable because of the storm need help just like others…..then to hear #45 ain’t been paying taxes whereas I have and can’t get FEMA help for individuals and families is beyond upsetting…this an out right disrespect the the people of Pensacola

  10. Spot on!!! on September 28th, 2020 10:38 am

    Come on Dean!! What’s wrong? The 2016 elections didn’t go your way? Tisk tisk…

    I’m glad for the folks are getting back to work locally… Thank you Gov. Ron and “YOUR” President Trump.

  11. CW on September 28th, 2020 10:30 am


    People making minimum wage don’t pay taxes, unless you count sales tax.

  12. Steve on September 28th, 2020 9:37 am

    “dean” being piety and hateful gets you nowhere. People have CHOICES..
    You live with YOUR choices through out life.
    If you choose to work for that amount then accept it. If you maker better of your life and do better with YOUR money then even better.
    Gov rarely spends tax money wisely. Because they did not WORK for it. They took it from you.
    If I had an accountant that could not help my business by pay the tiniest amount of taxes possible then I would find another one.
    But just because a person does not pay taxes dont mean they are hording all the money. Just means the business has new equipment, buildings and other things that help lower its total taxable amount.
    I use to buy a brand new truck every year just so I did not have to write a check to the feds.. Got me in a new truck and kept the gov leeches out of my pockets. Yes I had to 1st earn that money. But not giving it to the gov to spend on those that refuse to work.

  13. Happy on September 28th, 2020 8:06 am

    Proof Dems will still complain even about good news.

  14. Dean on September 28th, 2020 3:46 am

    Wow so people are now back at their $7.50 an hour fast food jobs! Maybe They will even get lucky and only have to pay Trumps personal tax rate…. 0 %!!!!

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