NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
Florida’s unemployment rate stood at 2.8 percent in January, as the state released the first figures for 2020 on Monday. The numbers showed an estimated 291,000 Floridians out of work from a labor force of 10.44 million.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity will release February unemployment numbers on March 27.
For January, the seasonally adjusted employment rate represented a new low, dropping 0.1 percentage point from December, which was adjusted down since first being reported at 3.0 percent.
Florida also remained below the national unemployment rate of 3.6 percent.
As of January, education and health services had produced the most gains over the previous year, accounting for 34,900 jobs. Next highest was professional and business services with 31,400 new jobs, followed by the leisure and hospitality fields with 29,700 new positions.
Miami-Dade County had the lowest unemployment rate, at 1.5 percent, followed by Monroe County at 2.1 percent, St. Johns County at 2.7 percent and Okaloosa County at 2.8 percent.
Hendry County had the highest unemployment rate in the state, at 5.1 percent, followed by Citrus County at 4.9 percent. The county rates are not seasonally adjusted.