Florida’s unemployment rate for January 2014 is 6.1 percent, the lowest since June 2008 when the state average stood at 6 percent. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) released the new unemployment statistics March 17. Additionally, Florida’s unemployment rate is .05 percent below the national average and has been below the national average for six consecutive months.
In the region, Escambia County’s unemployment rate exceeded the state average for January, while rates for Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties were below the state average. Walton County had the second lowest unemployment rate in the state at 4.2 percent. Monroe County was the lowest at 3.8 percent.
Hendry County had the highest unemployment rate at 9.8 percent followed by Flagler County at 9.3 percent.
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