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Friday, May 22, 2009Florida unemployment rate down slightlySouth Florida Business JournalPrintEmailReprintsRSS FeedsAdd to Del.icio.usDigg ThisRelated NewsAllstate to close Miami office, lay off 66Week in reviewHillel Day School to lay off 47Scicom cuts work force by 145 at primary U.S.

operations in TampaFlorida's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April inched down 0.2 of a percentage point, to 9.6 percent from 9.8 percent in March.

However, it's still up 4 percentage points from the same time last year and 0.7 of a percentage point higher than the national rate of 8.9 percent.The April rate represents 885,000 jobless out of a labor force of 9.2 million.Palm Beach's unemployment rate of 9.7 percent was higher than the state average and up from 5.1 percent a year ago.

Broward County's rate was 8.3 percent, up from 4.2 percent last April.

Miami-Dade's rate was 8 percent, up from 5.1 percent a year ago.The highest unemployment in the state was in Flagler County, where the unemployment rate hit 14.4 percent.


Lucie County followed, with 12.7 percent unemployment.There were 24 Florida counties with double-digit unemployment rates in April 2009, down from 29 in March 2009.The number of jobs in Florida was down 380,300 in April compared to a year ago.The job loss continues the trend of over-the-year declines that began in August 2007.

The downturn started with declines in construction jobs, but has now spread to almost all other major industries, according to the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation.Construction, reacting to continued weakness in the housing market, is losing 105,200 jobs over the year, down 19.8 percent.Construction losses account for more than 26 percent of total job losses in the state.PrintEmailReader CommentsContact the Editor Need Assistance? More Latest News More News HeadlinesPopular News StoriesRelated Industry NewsUnited Way, Dr.

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