Published: Aug 19, 2011 4:26 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 19, 2011 9:32 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The unemployment numbers are out and across the state, the number of unemployed workers remained the same in July.

Locally, Southwest Florida saw a slight improvement. The report released just a few hours ago shows the state's unemployment rate remained the same from June, but numbers are down from over a year ago.

Lee county's unemployment rate fell slightly to 11.6 percent, down from 13 percent a year ago. Collier County's rate jumped to 11.9 percent, up half of a point from June.

Charlotte saw a decline, dropping to 11 percent last month.

Of the state's 67 counties, Lee County ranked 19 in the number of unemployed.  

Collier is 17 and Charlotte came in at 29.     

Part of those numbers locally included government jobs and school employees like bus drivers and food staff that were out of work for the summer. With school back in session, they'll be back at work.  

Today's report was put together well before the recent stock market crash and increased fear of a double-dip recession. The big question now is whether employers will hold back on hiring this month because of all the uncertainty.