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Florida’s unemployment rate still hovering at 12 percent

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November 2010 is 12.0 percent.  This represents 1,110,000 jobless out of a labor force of 9,237,000.

Florida’s total nonagricultural employment in November 2010 is 7,204,700, representing an increase of 300 jobs (less than +0.1 percent) over the month.  Florida’s annual job growth rate is up 0.5 percent, representing an increase of 36,200 jobs from November 2009.  Nationally, the number of jobs is up 0.6 percent over the year.

“The November unemployment rate reflects the challenges our state is facing as we slowly emerge from the national recession. Knowing that this is an uncertain time for many Florida families, our agency has been closely monitoring the discussion in Congress on an additional extension of federally funded unemployment benefits. With passage of the legislation last night, we are prepared to immediately begin processing payments as soon as the president signs the bill,” said AWI Director Cynthia R. Lorenzo. “We strongly encourage job seekers to regularly visit, the state’s online job bank, for continuously updated employment opportunities, resume assistance and access to training and education programs.”

Employ Florida

The agency recently began a statewide radio campaign to encourage out-of-work Floridians to take advantage of the online services available on

In addition to the more than 218,000 job listings posted the week ending December 4, the website also provides access to a “virtual recruiter” tool which emails job openings that match registrants’ skills.

Employers are also encouraged to use to post positions, find qualified candidates, view labor market information and access a variety of additional business support services.

New Benefits Payment Method

This week the agency began a pilot program in Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor Counties to provide unemployment compensation payments through a Visa ® debit card. The optional debit card provides eligible beneficiaries access to funds from one to four days sooner than traditional methods of direct deposit or paper checks. Statewide implementation of the debit card program is planned for early 2011.

Regularly updated information about pending Congressional action, the debit card program and other issues can be found on the agency’s website under UC Hot Topics at

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Dec 18 2010. Filed under Broward County, Employment, Fort Lauderdale, Latest news, Local news. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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