Florida Unemployment Rate Lowest in 28 Months Thanks to... Government Jobs
Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity announced this morning that the state's unemployment rate is down to 10.3 percent for October -- the lowest in 28 months -- which is still well above the national rate of 9 percent.
The announcement also left out a couple of key facts. First, job creation in October was less than half of what it was in September, with 9,500 net jobs created in October and 23,300 created in September.
Also, hidden in a spreadsheet away from the announcement was that a good portion of those 9,500 were the Gov. Rick Scott-dreaded government jobs.
There's no way the governor's going to mention that one.
Here's the statement on this month's state jobs picture from the governor:
As we head into the holiday season, it's great to see we continue to move in the right direction when it comes to job creation and getting people back to work. The businesses in our state have created more than 100,000 jobs so far this year. I'm going to do everything I can to keep attracting businesses here and help those here already thrive so we can continue to see this growth.
According to the seasonally adjusted stats from the state's labor agency, only two of the ten sectors added more than 1,000 jobs -- "professional and business services," and government.
The only sector to add more jobs than the government was "professional and business services," which includes professional and technical services, management of companies and enterprises, and administrative and waste services. Those areas added a total of 10,900 jobs.
The state lost 800 federal workers but added 900 state-government employees and 6,800 local-government employees.
Four of the other sectors actually lost jobs -- there was a loss of 4,800 construction jobs, 2,800 lost in leisure and hospitality, 2,700 lost in "other services," and 100 lost in financial services.
The other three sectors made modest gains of fewer than 1,000 jobs.
Click here for the spreadsheet on that one.
Click here for the statement from the state's jobs agency, which makes zero mention of any government jobs.
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