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Osceola County Leads State In February Jobless Claims

Graph source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program, in cooperation with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Workforce Statistics and Economic Research.

Florida’s jobless rate was 4.7 percent last month as the state continues to feel the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

At the start of the pandemic, between February and April of last year, Florida lost 1.2 million jobs. According to new data released by the state, Florida has since gained back over half of those jobs.

The total number of jobs in the state last month tallied 8.5 million, down nearly half a million jobs compared to last year.

Osceola county had the highest unemployment rate in the state — 8.8 percent. Neighboring Orange county had one of the highest in the state at 7.9 percent. Broward and Miami-Dade also reported some of the highest rates in the state.

All ten major industries tracked by the state saw negative over-the-year-growth. The leisure and hospitality industry has seen the greatest job loss since last year, losing some 286 thousand jobs since February 2020.

Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity said its online dashboard to process claims may be unavailable starting today Friday and through the weekend to allow additional time to process some claims. New applicants can still file a claim at FloridaJobs.org.

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