The unemployment rate in the state of Florida hit 12 percent in November, a seven-month high, reports the St. Petersburg Times. That rate reflects the fact that 1.1 million Floridians are without a job.
The unemployment rate was 11.9 percent in October. The year’s record high was 12.3 percent. According to the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, there was an increase of just 300 jobs in November.
This week, Congress passed legislation to re-extend unemployment benefits, which could provide up to 73 weeks of additional coverage to residents who have already exhausted their benefits.
The state’s unemployment numbers are far higher than the rest of the country; the national unemployment rate is 9.8 percent.