TALLAHASSEE, FLA. -- State economists said Friday the June numbers for unemployment in Florida were essentially the same as may. The Sunshine State's unemployment rate was 8.6 percent.
Economists said there were 70,000 more jobs in Florida this June than in June 2011.
Professional and business services were the sectors with the greatest gains in jobs, seeing a 3.2 percent increase, according to the year-to-year estimates.
Construction took the hardest hit, with a 7.4 percent job loss over the June 2011 to June 2012 period.
For June 2012, Hendry County had the highest unemployment rate in the state, with an estimated 14.2 percent of the available workforce out of a job.
Monroe County, home to the Florida Keys, had the lowest unemployment rate in Florida, with 5.0 percent.
The state has seen a gradual decline in the unemployment figures, and Gov. Rick Scott has called it vindication of his policies, which he says are putting more people back into the workforce.
State economists, however, are saying that the unemployment figures are going down not because more people are finding jobs but because more of them are getting discouraged and are leaving the workforce.