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Friday, August 21, 2020

Florida's unemployment rate spiked to 11.3 percent in July

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 11:00 AM

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The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity posted the state's unemployment rate for July and, well, it sucks: 11.3 percent of Floridians are currently considered to be looking for work.

That's 1.125 million jobless statewide, as businesses, individuals and families continue to struggle though the sixth month of the pandemic — an increase of 122,000 from June, out of a total labor force of 9.975 million people.

It was a stark increase form 10.3 percent in June, and it's much higher than the DEO's initial estimate of for the month of 10.4 percent, after adjusting the figures on Friday.

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