Unemployment drops locally to end 2017

Lloyd Doyle
January 19, 2018

That's 0.1 higher than it was in November, but the rate in Florida remains lower than the national rate of 4.1 percent.

"Florida businesses had strong job growth in 2017, creating almost 205,000 jobs for families throughout the state", said Cissy Proctor, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Our work to cut taxes, reduce regulation and encourage economic growth has sent a message across the country that Florida is where job creators and families should go to succeed.

Governor Scott said, "It is great news that Florida businesses added almost 30,000 new jobs across our state last month".

Florida's unemployment rate is leveling out after dropping for years following the Great Recession, rising a bit to 3.7 percent in December, up a 10th of a percent compared to November, according to new data released Friday.

St. Johns County boasted the state's lowest unemployment rate at 2.8 percent, followed by Monroe and Okaloosa Counties, which had unemployment rates of three percent each.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in December.

Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said, "Florida businesses had strong job growth in 2017, creating almost 205,000 jobs for families throughout the state".

The report shows 205,000 jobs were created in all of 2017 and, since Scott took office seven years ago, a total of just over 1,497,000 new position have been added to Florida's economy.

Florida lost more than 127,000 jobs after Irma struck but has seen job growth since then - 125,300 in October, 13,100 in November and 27,400 in December.

The December number: 3.7 percent, up from 3.6 percent the month before. Collier County also saw a drop, going from 3.9 percent in November to 3.6 percent in December.

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida businesses created almost 30,000 private-sector jobs in December.

Orlando's job growth was still led by the relatively low-paying hospitality sector, at 10,900 jobs over the past 12 months - but professional and business service jobs grew by nearly as much at 10,800.

The industries with the highest job growth in Naples over the year were construction with 1,500 new jobs and leisure and hospitality with 1,300 new jobs.

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