April Unemployment Numbers Continue Positive Trend
May 20, 2011 | WMFE - The unemployment rate for the Orlando metropolitan area slipped below 10% in April but just barely. Workforce Central Florida says the rate fell to 9.9% but officials point to a continuing downward trend in the monthly jobless number.
The 9.9% figure for April is down from 10.4% in March. It’s also lower than the 11% unemployment number from April, 2010.
Within the metro region, Seminole County had the lowest jobless rate at 9.5%. Osceola had the highest at 10.8%. Orange County’s rate stood at 9.8%.
Workforce Central Florida also measures the total number of jobs added and says that number is steadily climbing. More than 15,000 new jobs have come online in the Orlando area in the past year.
Central Florida is faring slightly better than the state overall. Florida’s jobless rate for April was 10.8%. But state officials say, although unemployment is still in the double digits, the total number of jobless Floridians has slipped below the one million mark for the first time since October of 2009. It now stands at 996,000. About 111,000 of those unemployed people are in the Orlando area.
State officials also note that, while more people are entering or returning to the job market, the state actually added 47 thousand jobs during the past year.