New Florida unemployment numbers not so good for SWFL
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Governor Rick Scott was touting the state's new unemployment figures for January. The jobless rate fell from 6.2% in December to 6.1% in January. The numbers are the lowest since June 2008.
The only problem is the trend reversed for Southwest Florida. After a steady decline in unemployment, the area's largest counties all saw increases in the jobless rate. Unemployment jumped up .3% in Lee County, .2% in Collier County and .5% in Charlotte County.
The breakdown for Southwest Florida is as follows.
January 2014 December 2014
Lee County 6.0% 5.7%
Collier County 5.6% 5.4%
Charlotte County 6.2% 5.7%
DeSoto County 6.6% 6.2%
Glades County 8.0% 6.2%
Hendry County 9.8% 9.2%