Flagler County’s unemployment rate in October fell back to 15.5 percent from 16.3 percent in September, but both the number of people employed and the number of people in the labor force shrank significantly: The county is not creating jobs, but rather still losing them–and losing able-bodied workers in higher numbers.
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The county’s labor force shrank by 488, from 33,093 in September to 32,605 in October, a 1.5 percent month-over-month decrease. The number of Flagler County residents with jobs decreased by 163, from 27,699 to 27,536. The unemployment rate fell nevertheless because proportionately, fewer jobs were lost than workers in the labor force. But that decrease should not be interpreted as a net improvement, since the county continues to bleed jobs and workers.
Flagler County remains second only to Hendry County’s 18.3 percent unemployment rate. The more accurate measure of metropolitan-area unemployment rates places Palm Coast at the top of the state’s unemployment chart, with 15.5 percent unemployed. Second to Palm Coast is the Sebastian-Vero Beach metropolitan area in Indian River County, at 14.2 percent.
Florida is doing somewhat better. The state added a net 6,900 jobs in September, but job creation remains anemic, at just 35,700 in the past 12 months, a pace lower than the national rate, which has itself been slow. The state’s unemployment rate stayed at 11.9 percent, with 1.1 million Floridians out of work.
On Thursday, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives blocked a three-month extension of unemployment benefits, which are set to expire Nov. 30. With that vote, benefits will almost certainly expire before Congress gets a chance to reverse the block, after the Thanksgiving Day holiday. “Today, Republicans blocked an extension of unemployment insurance for thousands of families who have lost jobs through no fault of their own,” Steny Hoyer, the Democratic majority leader, said. “As a result, they can expect their insurance to begin to run out just after Thanksgiving weekend. Republicans’ opposition to this bill was bad for families across their own districts, and worse for our economy as a whole.” A sizable majority of 258-154 voted for the extension. But to pass the measure needed a two-thirds vote, so a minority of Republicans were able to block passage. (The new, GOP-led Congress has not yet been seated.)
In Florida, retail trades saw an increase of 6,500 jobs, but the largest increase was in leisure and hospitality–17,500 jobs, a good sign for Florida’s tourism industry, which is leading the state in job creation: hotels and motels saw a 2.3 percent increase in jobs, food services saw 1.5 percent increase, and arts, entertainment and recreation again showed a big jump, as they did last month, with a 3.1 percent gain.
Colleges and universities added 3,300 jobs, a 5.1 percent increase, and travel and reservation services had a 2.6 percent job increase.
On the other hand, there were decreases in construction, employment services, waste services, real estate and information services. Many trades and industries were flat.
The following are Florida’s metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) ranked by unemployment rates:
1. Palm Coast MSA 15.5 %
2. Sebastian-Vero Beach MSA 14.2
3. Ocala MSA 13.8
4. Port St. Lucie MSA 13.7
5. Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall MD 13.1
6. Cape Coral-Ft. Myers MSA 12.9
7. Lakeland-Winter Haven MSA 12.5
8. Punta Gorda MSA 12.3
9. Naples-Marco Island MSA 12.2
10. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach MSA 11.9
11. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater MSA 11.8
12. North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota MSA 11.8
13. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville MSA 11.8
14. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Pompano Beach MSA 11.8
15. West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach MD 11.7
16. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA 11.2
17. Jacksonville MSA 10.9
18. Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach MSA 10.4
19. Ft. Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach MD 10.1
20. Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent MSA 10.1
United States 9.0
21. Tallahassee MSA 8.1
22. Gainesville MSA 7.8
23. Crestview-Ft. Walton Beach-Destin MSA 7.8