- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida’s unemployment rate is 4.8 percent, a slight drop from the previous month.

The state figures released Friday show April’s unemployment was down from 4.9 percent in March. Florida added 31,100 jobs.

Florida now has 472,000 jobless residents out of a labor force of 9,801,000. The state has added 254,500 jobs over the past year, an increase of 3.2 percent.

The state remains below the national unemployment rate of 5.0 percent.

Monroe County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 3.0 percent, followed by Hamilton County at 3.2 percent and St. John’s County at 3.4 percent.

Hendry County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 7.0 percent, followed by Sumter County at 6.6 percent and Citrus County at 6.3 percent.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide