Broward County FL (March 27, 2010) Recession shows no signs of weakening and continues to take a record toll on Florida workers. According to the Agency for Workforce Innovation, Florida's unemployment rate jumped to 12.2 percent in February. The latest unemployment rate is the highest the state has ever seen, even higher than the rates measured during the 1973-1975 recession.
(Florida's record unemployment rate was nearly three percent higher than the national average of 9.7 percent). The rate is also three percent higher than in February 2009, which was considered to be right in the middle of the Great Recession.
Florida's unemployment rate passed the national unemployment average in the first quarter of 2008 and hasn't been below the national average since then.
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Locally, Broward County saw an unemployment rate of 10.8 percent, which mean over 105,000 workers were without a job. The number was one-tenth of a percent lower than January's numbers, but nearly three percent higher than the February 2009 unemployment numbers.
Miami-Dade County's February unemployment rate checked in at 11.2 percent which translates to more than 141,000 workers being out of a job. The rate rose from January 2010 and was two percent higher than the same period in 2009.
Statewide, Flagler County had the highest unemployment rate at 17 percent, while Liberty County saw the lowest unemployment rate at 7.5 percent. The highest unemployment rates in the state were in Central Florida.
According to the AWI, the areas looking to hire the most workers were farmworkers/laborers, security guards, insurance sales agents, nursery workers, and telemarketers among others.
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