Florida's Jobless Rate Declines In December, As Labor Force Grows


More people are getting back to work in Florida.

Adrienne Johnston at the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity says the December unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a point to 6.1 percent.

"The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach metro area gained the most jobs with 6,900 and Panama City grew the fastest, at a rate of 1.5 percent."

The state added 21,000 jobs during the month while the labor force grew by 31,000.

Johnston pointed to what she considers to be a healthy sign for Florida's economy.

"What's really important is we're seeing our labor force grow at the same time we're seeing our unemployment rate decline."

Osceola County, in the Kissimmee area, had the highest jobless rate in December, at 8.7 percent, with their tourism-based economy hit hard by the pandemic.

The lowest unemployment rate could be seen in both St. Johns and Wakulla Counties, at 3.6 percent.

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