Miami Unemployment Drops to 6.8 Percent, Florida's Down to 6.2 Percent
New unemployment numbers are out for the state of Florida, and Gov. Rick Scott is trumpeting Miami specifically. Unemployment in the county has dropped 2.3 percent year-over-year, from 9.1 percent in December 2012 to 6.8 percent in 2013.
That represents a total gain of 22,900 jobs.
"These 22,900 new jobs mean Florida's families are getting back to work and Miami's economy is gaining momentum," Scott said in a press release. "The over the year unemployment rate decrease and job growth in the Miami metro area demonstrates that our job-creating policies and innovative initiatives are working."
Meanwhile, Florida's state-wide unemployment level are down to 6.2 percent from 6.4 percent the previous month.
While there's no doubt jobs are being created, both lowered rates are also in part do to people leaving the working force and indicating that they've given up on finding a job all together.
In fact, Miami Dade's work force stood at 1,308,588 in December 2012, and has shrunk to 1,286,633 in 2013.
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