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Fishkind Conversations: Making Sense Of Pandemic Jobs Numbers

Hank Fishkind. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Hank Fishkind. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Jobs numbers during the pandemic can seem confusing, as if the data points conflict with one another.

For example, Florida just reported an uptick of 80,000 jobs in July, with big gains at theme parks, healthcare and professional services.

But the unemployment rate also increased - it stands at 11 percent statewide. It's even higher across Central Florida.

90.7’s economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind helps 90.7’s Nicole Darden Creston make sense of the data, and explains we have a long recovery ahead of us.

Click the Play Audio button to hear their conversation.

Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined WMFE in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from extraordinary hurricanes to historic space flights, from the people and procedures of Florida’s justice system to the changing face of the state’s economy.
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