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Is Unemployment a Concern in Clearwater?

Florida’s unemployment rate was up to 8.8 percent in July after two consecutive months of staying at 8.6 percent.

While state officials continue to tout an improving climate on the jobs front, seasonally adjusted unemployment rates in Florida rose to 8.8 percent in July.

This, according to TBO.com, comes after two months of state unemployment rates staying at 8.6 percent. Both numbers are higher than the 8.3 percent natural average.

July’s numbers, however, are significantly lower than the 10.6 percent unemployment rate Florida logged in 2011, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. That agency lists several states with unemployment rates much higher than Florida’s. Those that top the list for July 2012 are:

  • California, 10.7 percent
  • Georgia, 9.3 percent
  • Nevada, 12 percent
  • Rhode Island, 10.8
  • South Carolina, 9.6 percent

North Dakota has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country at 3 percent.

“Month-to-month numbers are going to vary, but the long-term trend is positive," TBO quoted Lane Wright, Gov. Rick Scott's press secretary, as saying Friday.

Do you agree? Are conditions improving in Clearwater? Let us know in the comments section. If you’re a business owner, let us know how you feel about the current economic climate. Are you going to hire help this year?

Tommy August 18, 2012 at 08:44 AM
What about the older worker that cannot find a job and can't even get a shot at an interview. Say what you want, but "age discrimination is alive and well in the U.S." I was "let go" as my employer put in 2009. I have applied by resume or applications to 57 companies since then. I have received 3 replies that my resume was accepted from those 57 companies and nothing else. I have a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and 40 years experience. I worked with my last employer for 31 years and when I was "let go", I was told that they need to get my salary off the books because I was making too much. I offered to take a cut and even to work part time, but was rejected. So, I collected unemployment until it ran out and now live on my pesnion, social security and I have my IRA's for backup. Financially, I am in good shape, but I want to work. My health at 65 years old is very good and I feel that I can still contribute. I just need a chance. When I have submitted my resumes, I have only requested a very small salary compared to what I used to make. Where am I going wrong?
Cathy August 20, 2012 at 06:57 PM
i have my own business. but we have hardly any work. so i don't "count" when it comes to unemployed or underemployed numbers. i think the "real" numbers are higher than they report. although i will admit there is more work now than there was a year ago.
Michael D. August 20, 2012 at 07:02 PM
The numbers only take into account those actually looking for work through the system. I know plenty of people who are unemployeed who are doing odd jobs off companies books, but even through they are off unemployment and looking for work they are not counted in the government's numbers.
Michael Green August 20, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Michael G. Today is my 54th birthday. Been unemployed since May 2011 with no prospects on the horizon. Did not ever believe that I would be forced into an early retirement do to age discrimination. Whatever happened to business owners wanting experienced employees?
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