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Business Observer Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 11 years ago

Gulf Coast adds 8,264 jobs

The state's unemployment rate is 12%, but employers are creating jobs.

Florida's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains at 12%, representing 1,108,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 9,245,000. The rate is unchanged from November, but 0.3 percentage points higher than it was in December 2009, according to the Agency for Workforce Innovation.

But excluding seasonal adjustments, Florida's unemployment rate has not changed over the past 12 months. The data shows a jobless of rate of 11.6% in both December 2010 and December 2009 prior to adjustment.

In fact, the Gulf Coast's job creators have managed to keep up with population growth over the past 12 months. The region's employers added 8,264 net jobs since December 2009.

Every county in the Business Review's coverage area saw net job growth between December 2010 and the same month in the prior year.

In Lee County, 210 new net jobs combined with a smaller labor force to bring unemployment down from 13.4% to 12.5%. And while Sarasota County's labor force remained unchanged, 1,363 new net jobs lowered unemployment from 12.2% to 11.4% over the year.

A full county-by-county break down of changes in employment is provided below.

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