published: Sunday, June 23, 2013
Unemployment jumps in May
By BARRY FOSTER
It appears seasonal unemployment has returned to Highlands County. Numbers released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity on Friday -- the first day of summer -- indicate that Highlands' rate of joblessness was 7.4 percent in May, a jump from April's 7 percent level.
Statistics showed that 38,503 people in the estimated 41,567 member job market were employed last month. Interestingly, the available workforce shrunk by only two individuals from the April totals, when 41,565 individuals were said to be available for work. The shift came in the number of people who were gainfully employed, with that dropping from 38,640 people on the job in April.
In May of 2012, Highlands had registered an 8.7 percent unemployment rate, However, at that time there were said to be 41,957 members of an available job force here, or nearly 400 more available people than were listed last month.
It was a mixed bag when measuring Highlands' unemployment against its two neighbors. Hardee County's May unemployment was an estimated 6.6 percent - nearly a half percentage point better than Highlands for last month - while Polk County showed a projected 7.7 percent joblessness rate. That was better than a half percent better than Highlands' May numbers.
Highlands was ranked 21st in the state for unemployment. Monroe County had the best unemployment last month at just 4 percent out of work. Hendry County had the worst at 11.1 percent -- the only Florida county with double digit unemployment last month.
Statewide, Florida registered a seasonally-adjusted 7.1 percent May unemployment while the national figure was set at 7.6 percent for the same time period.
Officials of the FDEO said that manufacturing jobs showed the biggest losses due to declines in state government and electronic parts manufacturing.
Obamasfault (by: Jeth8er - 6/24/2013)
Good thing for the "shovel ready" jobs obummer. Where is that stimulus money? Oh my bad, solyndra and all the other liberal donors to obummer lined their pockets with it. We need to go to Washington with our weapons in hand and take our country back!
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