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Florida jobs: Dip in seasonal retail work slows job growth in November

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Osceola and Orange counties were Florida’s worst and second worst for unemployment in November.

And the state’s job growth — adjusted for this time of year — was slow, thanks in part to fewer retail jobs.

In data adjusted for the season, Florida added only 4,000 jobs last month.

Department of Economic Opportunity chief economist Adrienne Johnston says retail employment didn’t get the usual holiday boost.

“I think we’re seeing where people are shopping online a little bit more this season,” she said during a press event Friday. “Businesses did not add as many employees to their payrolls.”

Johnston says Florida’s tourism-related jobs — hit so hard by the pandemic — continued to come back.

The Orlando area, though, lost 2,900 leisure and hospitality jobs last month.

As for the jobless rate, Florida held steady at 6.3%. In November of last year, it was 2.7%. (This November’s seasonally adjusted rate was 6.4%.)

Osceola County’s unemployment rate was 9.7% and Orange County’s 8.1%. Both had fewer people with a job and fewer people looking for one.


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Joe Byrnes came to WMFE/WMFV from the Ocala Star-Banner and The Gainesville Sun, where he worked as a reporter and editor for several years. Joe graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and turned to journalism after teaching. He enjoys freshwater fishing and family gatherings.