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Census Jobs Lower Unemployment Rate

June 18th, 2010 by flanews

Floridas unemployment rate dropped to 11.7 from 12 percent, but the number is misleading. Temporary census jobs account for the 20-thousand job spike in the labor statistics. As Whitney Ray tells us, 4,200 news jobs are now available cleaning up the BP oil spill, but those too are temporary.

Good news on the jobs front; kind of.

The unemployment rate dropped to 11.7 percent from a month ago rate of 12.0 percent, said Rebecca Rust, AWI Chief Economist.

The state gained 20-thousand jobs in May, all of them temporary Census jobs.

Still this is the second month in a roll the unemployment rate has dropped. And more people working means more people with cash to spend. Sales tax collections were 46 million dollars above estimates last month.

The increase marks the second time in as many months collections have risen, but the gulf oil leak could change the states luck.

The hardship the oil is causing coastal residents isnt showing up in the states labor statistics yet because many of the effected are taking jobs with BP to clean up the mess.

Friday the state announced 42-hundred new clean up jobs; the impacted get first dibs.

The workforce system is working very closely in the effected areas to make sure that preference is given not only to Floridians, but people from those communities that are affected, said Robby Cunningham, AWI Spokesman.

The only question, will the impacted be able to get their old jobs back, once the oil is cleaned up. Without the census jobs, the state might have lost as many as 12-thousand jobs for the month of May.

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