More people in Florida applied for unemployment in October than in September, according to new employment statistics released on Friday. However, the state’s unemployment rate is still at a record low. According to Governor Ron DeSantis, it probably reflects the effects of Hurricane Ian, and the total increase is probably driven by an increase in the unemployment rate in southwest Florida.
But he asserted that the state’s resilient economy is demonstrated by the general low jobless rate following the catastrophic hurricane. In September, the unemployment rate in all of Florida was 2.5%. Florida’s overall unemployment rate in October was 2.7%. At 2.8%, the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford region had a slight advantage. 3.7% was the national rate.
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When it came to year-over-year job growth, the Orlando region shined. According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the bulk of those positions was in the leisure, hospitality, trade, transportation, and utility sectors. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 24 states saw an increase in unemployment rates between September and October, with Pennsylvania reporting the sole drop.