Tampa Bay Unemployment Rate Over 13 Percent

Florida unemployment rate since Nov. 2005
Florida's unemployment rate has risen sharply since Nov. 2005.
TAMPA (2010-3-10) -

Another 10,000 people in the Tampa Bay area were added to the unemployment rolls in January, raising the area’s unemployment rate to 13.1 percent, according to a new report from the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation.

That’s up from 12.4 percent just last month, and much higher than the national and state average.

Florida’s overall unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percent to 11.9 percent. That ties the record set in May 1975 since the state of Florida began tracking unemployment about four decades ago.

The Sarasota and Lakeland regions had higher unemployment rates than the Tampa Bay region, at 13.3 percent each.

The worst unemployment in the state was in the areas surrounding Ocala, Ft. Myers, and Port St. Lucie.

The state keeps losing jobs at a faster rate than the nation as a whole.

Read the entire report.

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