WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Latest Florida Jobs Report Shows Unemployment Rate Increased in July, More Than One Million Residents Out of Work

Play Audio

Photo: Sharon McCutheon

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reported the unemployment rate rose by one percentage point to 10.2 percent in July. More than one million Floridians were out of work. 

In Central Florida, Osceola County had the highest rate of unemployment at 20.2 percent followed by Orange County at 16.1 percent. 

UCF economist Sean Snaith says the worst thing the state could do is shutdown businesses again even as cases continue to rise. 

“Because of the public health shutdown, the businesses that were deemed non-essential, many of them are not going to survive this pandemic recession. And so those proprietors their employees they’re going to have to find work elsewhere in the economy and that’s not something that’s just going to happen instantaneously.”

Snaith says even with these job losses, some industries have fared better than others like the construction sector which he expects to grow.

But Snaith says leisure and hospitality is at the epicenter of the damage. 

“You know, we’re seeing some of that open back up, but if you look at accommodations, restaurants, bars they’re still down twenty percent plus from where we were a year ago. And so that’s the sector, that’s taken the most damage.” 

Snaith says it could take until 2022 for the labor market to stabilize in Central Florida.

The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area home to Disney and Orlando theme parks had the largest metropolitan area job loss in the state with 117,600 people getting furloughed or fired. 

If you’d like to listen to this story, click on the clips above.

Get The 90.7 WMFE Newsletter

Your trusted news source for the latest Central Florida news, updates on special programs and more.

Stay tuned in to our local news coverage: Listen to 90.7 WMFE on your FM or HD radio, the WMFE mobile app or your smart speaker — say “Alexa, play NPR” and you’ll be connected.

WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

Danielle Prieur

About Danielle Prieur


Danielle Prieur is a general reporter for 90.7 News. She studied journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and interned at 101.9 WDET. She is originally from the metro Detroit area.