Santa Rosa County and the State of Florida announced that unemployment rates are the lowest they have been since 2008.
Santa Rosa County’s March 2013 unemployment rate of 6.1 percent is at the lowest level in approximately five years when the October 2008 rate was also 6.1 percent. The latest numbers are down from 8.4 percent in March 2012 and 6.7 percent in February of this year. Santa Rosa County ranks 46 out of 67 Florida counties, with only 18 counties in the state having a lower unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) for March 2013. Santa Rosa County’s rate continues to be lower than both the national and state unemployment rates.
March 2013 Unemployment Rates (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
· Santa Rosa – 6.1 percent
· Escambia – 6.9 percent
· Okaloosa – 4.8 percent
· Bay – 6.6 percent
· Florida – 7 percent
· United Sates – 7.6 percent
From Governor Scott’s press release today - Governor Scott said, “It is great news that our unemployment rate is below the national average at 7.5 percent and that we created more than 32,000 jobs in March. In a little over two years since I’ve taken office, we’ve created more than 320,000 private sector jobs – and we are now closing in on the halfway point to our goal of creating 700,000 jobs in seven years. These numbers prove that IT’S WORKING in Florida and our families have opportunities to live their version of the American Dream in the Sunshine State. In Florida, our economy is turning around because we focus every day on creating new jobs for our families.”
Florida’s unemployment rate information is compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program, in cooperation with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics. To view the full report, visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.