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Florida sees uptick in unemployment rate post-Hurricane Ian

WESH Orlando 11/19/2022 Anika Hope
Business graph unemployment and inflation in newspapers © JLGutierrez Business graph unemployment and inflation in newspapers

New job numbers came out Friday and show more people filed for unemployment in October than in September in Florida.

But unemployment is still at a historic low in the state.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis says it likely reflects the impact of Hurricane Ian and that an increase in the unemployment rate in southwest Florida is likely driving the overall increase.

But he said the overall low unemployment rate after the devastating storm shows Florida's economy is resilient.

Florida’s statewide unemployment rate was 2.5% in September. In October, Florida’s statewide unemployment was 2.7%.

The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford region was a little higher at 2.8%. The national rate was 3.7%.

The Orlando area shined when it came to year-over-year job growth.

The Orlando area added 61,700 new private sector jobs and the Orlando area labor force increased by 4% over the year.

A majority of those jobs were in the leisure, hospitality, trade, transportation and utility sectors, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Florida was one of 24 states where unemployment rates increased, with only Pennsylvania posting a decrease, between September and October according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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