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Highest unemployment since labor statistics started

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From Whitney Ray: Florida’s unemployment rate is the highest it’s ever been since the state began keeping track of job statistics in 1970. 12.2 percent of Florida’s workforce, or more than a million 126-thousand people, are unemployed. As Whitney Ray tells us, as the jobless rate will continue to climb as state lawmakers scramble to create jobs.

Four thousand people lined up at this Tampa job fair Thursday to compete for 800 jobs. Friday the search for work continued. Searcey Bush was laid off from his construction job at the first of the month.

“I’ll know I’ll find me a job eventually,” said Searcey.

While Searecy and a million others search Florida’s unemployment rate continues to climb.

“National Rate this month is 9.7 percent compared to Florida’s 12.2 percent. This is the highest unemployment on record since the series started,” said Rebecca Rust.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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