|Published:||Jul 20, 2012 8:51 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 20, 2012 11:37 PM EDT|
TALLAHASSEE, Fla - Florida's unemployment rate held steady in June 2012, remaining at 8.6 percent, according to statistics released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Friday.
The U.S. Unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in June.
The unemployment rate is the lowest since December of 2008. The June 2012 rate is 2.1 percentage points lower than the June 2011 rate of 10.7 percent.
In Lee County, unemployment jumped to 9.3 percent in June, up from 8.8 percent in May. In June 2011 Lee County's unemployment rate was 11.7 percent.
Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, and Glades counties also saw increases.
In Collier County, it's not unusual to see an increase in unemployment numbers during the summer months. In fact, it tends to be one of the busiest times for Southwest Florida Works.
"It's frustrating," says Cindy Wasson of Naples. "A lot of jobs that you go to, you apply and you just get an email back or sometimes you don't even hear back."
Collier County reported an 8.8 percent rate, up from 7.8 percent in May, but looking long term, the unemployment rate is down 11 percent a year ago.
"It's hard for people looking for work to understand those numbers and what they attribute to," says Leslie Drake, Managing Director at Express Employment Professionals in Naples.
Drake and Joseph Hohmann, President of Express Employment say the summer typically sees a spike in unemployment because seasonal jobs in the hospitality field and agriculture come to an end.
But, they say people looking for work shouldn't be discouraged because jobs are out there.
"The long term trend is more important to focus on than the short term blips that can be affected by seasonal things," says Hohmann.
At Express Employment they're seeing an influx of positions that require a higher skill set, things like manufacturing, IT and the medical fields.
"I don't think there are less jobs available, I think they're just in different areas. Educate yourself in the area and better assist yourself to open doors," says Drake.