1. The unemployment rate held steady, at 10.6 percent, a reminder that the economic recovery remains fragile and slow. The numbers released today show 982,000 Floridians are still out of work, though the state has gained 85,500 jobs since the beginning of the year.
  2. This was the first time in five years that the state saw a monthly gain in manufacturing jobs, adding 800 in June (seasonally adjusted).
  3. The biggest source of job growth continues to be leisure and hospitality, followed by private education and health services. Government and construction continue to be among the sectors losing the most jobs.
  4. The Space Coast continues to suffer the most regional job losses, shedding another 5,500 over the year last month.
  5. The Agency for Workforce Innovation is touting changes to the state’s unemployment compensation system, which will shorten the benefits period and make it easier for employees to be denied benefits based on misconduct. According to today’s jobs report, the changes will also “save the state money, reduce taxes on employers and help get Floridians back to work.”

The full text of the report is below #

TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June 2011 is 10.6 percent. This represents 982,000 jobless out of a labor force of 9,234,000. The state’s unemployment rate is unchanged from May 2011 but is 0.8 percentage point lower than the June 2010 rate of 11.4 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate is 9.2 percent in June. #

  • ·         The number of jobs in Florida is 7,247,000 in June 2011, up 53,000 jobs compared to a year ago.  June is the ninth consecutive month with positive annual job growth since the state started losing jobs in July 2007.  The industry gaining the most jobs is leisure and hospitality (+46,700 jobs, +5.1 percent).
  • ·         Other industries gaining jobs include private education and health services (+21,500 jobs, +2.0 percent); professional and business services (+7,500 jobs, +0.7 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+4,400 jobs, +0.3 percent); other services (+2,300 jobs, +0.7 percent); and manufacturing (+800 jobs, +0.3 percent).
  • ·         The June increase in manufacturing employment is the first annual gain in manufacturing since June 2006.
  • ·         These industry job gains are partially due to increases in food services and drinking places; hospitals; legal services and management/technical consulting services; motor vehicle and parts dealers; repair and maintenance; and fabricated metal product manufacturing.
  • ·         Industries losing jobs over the year include: total government (-16,000 jobs, -1.4 percent); construction (-9,400 jobs, -2.7 percent); information (-3,600 jobs, -2.7 percent); and financial activities (-1,300 jobs, -0.3 percent).
  • ·         These industry job losses are partially due to losses in federal government which employed temporary census workers last year; construction of buildings; telecommunications; and insurance carriers and related activities.

Local Area Unemployment Statistics (Not Seasonally Adjusted) #

  • ·         In June 2011, Monroe County has the state’s lowest unemployment rate (6.6 percent), followed by Walton County (6.9 percent); Liberty County (7.0 percent); Okaloosa County (7.4 percent); and Lafayette County (7.7 percent).  Most of the counties with the lowest unemployment rates are those with relatively high proportions of government employment.  Others had seasonal increases in tourism-related employment.
  • ·         Hendry County has the highest unemployment rate (16.2 percent) in Florida in June 2011, followed by Flagler County (14.6 percent); Miami-Dade County (13.9 percent); Hernando County (13.8 percent); and Indian River County (13.5 percent).  Seasonal declines in agriculture and related industries contributed to Hendry County’s high unemployment rate.  There were 38 Florida counties with double-digit unemployment rates in June.


  • ·         Twelve metro areas of the 22 in the state have over-the-year job gains in June 2011.  The areas with the largest gains are Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall (+12,700 jobs, +1.3 percent), Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (+8,000 jobs, +0.8 percent), and Jacksonville (+5,400 jobs, +0.9 percent).  Of the metro areas with job declines, the largest losses are in Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville
    (-5,500 jobs, -2.8 percent), Cape Coral-Ft. Myers (-3,000 jobs, -1.5 percent), and Naples-Marco Island (-2,500 jobs, -2.3 percent).


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