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Highest Unemployment Since Labor Statistics Started

March 26th, 2010 by flanews

Floridas unemployment rate is the highest its ever been since the state began keeping track of job statistics in 1970. 12.2 percent of Floridas workforce, or more than a million 126-thousand people, are unemployed. As Whitney Ray tells us, as the jobless rate will continue to climb as state lawmakers scramble to create jobs.

Four thousand people lined up at this Tampa job fair Thursday to compete for 800 jobs. Friday the search for work continued. Searcey Bush was laid off from his construction job at the first of the month.

Ill know Ill find me a job eventually, said Searcey.

While Searecy and a million others search Floridas unemployment rate continues to climb.

National Rate this month is 9.7 percent compared to Floridas 12.2 percent. This is the highest unemployment on record since the series started, said Rebecca Rust.

State lawmakers are scrambling to stop the bleeding passing legislation through the senate aimed at creating jobs.

The highly touted Florida jobs bill would create tax incentives for the film industry and any business that hire the unemployed, although it could be months before jobs are created.

Will we be able to point to a job the next day- probably not. But we know what were doing is going to work, said Baker.

While the legislation makes its ways through the process, 200-thousand job-openings remain unfilled because many of them require advanced training. 160-thousand of those jobs are posted on the states employment webpage at

The unemployment rate is expected to peek at 12.3 percent before the end of May but isnt expected to fall to six percent until the middle of 2019.

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