Florida’s jobless rate dropped 0.2 percentage points in September to 3.8 percent, even though the number of people with jobs fell by 42 thousand from August.
The drop in the number of Floridians working can be attributed to Hurricane Irma that swept throughout the state early last month.
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The estimated figures posted Friday by the Department of Economic Opportunity also stripped Monroe County of its long-held position of the state’s lowest jobless mark.
Still reeling from the powerful storm that made initial landfall in the Keys on September 10th, Monroe County saw its unemployment mark grow to 3.3 percent, up from 2.7 percent in August. Cissy Proctor is the executive director of DEO, the state’s employment agency.
The Florida numbers released Friday represent 383 thousand jobless Floridians from a workforce of 10.1 million. The state figures mirror the federal rate, which fell to 4.2 percent in September from 4.4 in August, but also saw jobless claims grow, in large part to Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Texas.
To find Hurricane Irma recovery related jobs go to https://irma.employflorida.com