published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Unemployment numbers continue downward trend
By BARRY FOSTER
SEBRING - The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Friday released the state's unemployment numbers for the month of April. The report shows that of the 41,535 people listed in Highlands County's work force last month, only 2,905 were looking for work through the government agency - that translated to a 7 percent unemployment rate
The number was down incrementally from the 7.3 March joblessness figure. At that time, there were only 41,344 people listed in the workforce here. Of that number, there were 3,011 individuals listed as looking for work.
That differed significantly from April of 2012. That report indicated there were 42,330 people in the county's workforce with 3,519 in an active, trackable job search. The unemployment rate at that time was set at 8.3 percent.
But figuring the real unemployment rate is a moving target. The unemployment and job growth rates are estimates, which are primarily based on surveys created and mandated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in cooperation with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
The unemployment rates released to the public is derived from Florida household surveys conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau under contract with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The job growth rate is derived from Florida employer surveys conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Both estimates are revised on a monthly basis. In addition, these estimates are benchmarked (revised) annually based on actual counts from Florida's Re-employment Assistance tax records and other data
Officials say the differing labor force numbers were based several different criteria. State statisticians first look at the civilian labor force, which includes persons aged 16 and older who were not institutionalized nor on active military duty and were either employed or unemployed.
The definition of "employment" includes those who had done any work as paid employees, worked in their own business or farm, or worked 15 hours or more as unpaid workers in a family business. It also includes those who had a job but did not work due to a temporary absence.
Each employed person was counted only once, even if they had more than one job.
The unemployment number includes those who did not have a job during the reference period but who were available for work and made specific efforts to find a job sometime during the four weeks prior to the reference period.
The unemployment rate then is figured as the percent of the civilian labor force that was unemployed.
Estimates of unemployment include all people who fit those definitions and are actively seeking a job. The unemployed include job losers, job leavers, new entrants, and re-entrants into the labor force.
Officials said unemployment claimants were what they termed "a subset" of the total unemployed. Those that have exhausted benefits are still considered unemployed if they are seeking employment.
Statewide, Florida's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate stood at 7.2 percent for the month of April. The available labor force in the Sunshine State was set last month at 9,411,000 with some 680,000 listed in a quantifiable job search.
Trade, transportation and utilities showed the greatest gain in job creation along with the leisure, hospitality, private education and health care industries.
Manufacturing and governmental jobs reportedly saw losses in April.
Ya right (by: Tired of being lied to - 5/22/2013)
The Numbers are down because peoples unemployment checks ran out. There is more people unemployed today then there was 8 years ago. More of Obama's lies.
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