Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 7 percent in August, the Department of Economic Opportunity announced Friday morning.
The statewide unemployment rate has remained below the national average of 7.3 percent for the sixth consecutive month.
Collier County’s unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in August, compared with 7.6 percent in July. Lee County’s unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in August, dropping from 7.6 percent in July.
Last year, Collier’s unemployment rate was 9.8 percent in August 2012; Lee’s was 9.4 percent in August 2012.
“Today’s announcement is great news for Florida families as the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.0 percent in August. Since December 2010, the unemployment rate has dropped 4.1 percentage points and Florida has created 365,500 new private sector jobs. This is evidence that our pro-growth and business friendly policies are working,” said Gov. Rick Scott in a statement.
Gov. Rick Scott has used the state's dropping unemployment rate as part of his re-election pitch for next year.
State economists, however, released an analysis this summer showing a reason for the unemployment decline has been people leaving the labor force or delaying their search for a job.