ORLANDO, Florida – Florida’s unemployment rate edged down in September, according to a report released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity on Friday.
According to the report, 84,500 more Floridians found work last month, dropping the unemployment rate from 5.0% in August to 4.9% in September.
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State officials said Friday that job growth in the Orlando area, despite the pandemic, was notable. In September, the unemployment rate was 4.5%. In September 2020, it was 8.7%.
The figures were released a day after DeSantis called for a special legislative session to stop the White House’s COVID-19 vaccine warrants.
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DEO Secretary Dane Eagle said that while the numbers for September 2021 do not include any changes to vaccine mandates, there is still speculation about what they think could happen.
“The number of unemployed is increasing because these people are now in this area of unemployment where they don’t have jobs tied to them, or they are completely discouraged and leave the job market altogether,” Eagle said. “Either way, it’s not healthy for the economy. It is not healthy for people.
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According to the DEO, the number of workers leaving their jobs is up from the same time last year, but said even though those people quit, they are still looking for work.
While Gov. DeSantis said on Friday that job growth in Florida led the nation, the state’s unemployment rate remains slightly above the current national rate of 4.8%.
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