Florida jobless rate hits 15-year high; state leads in job loss

Miami HeraldNovember 21, 2008 

Florida's unemployment rate hit 7 percent in October, the highest rate in 15 years, the state labor department announced Friday.

That's an increase of half a percentage point from the previous month.

Miami-Dade's unemployment rate was 5.8 percent, up only one-tenth of a percentage point.

For the past 12 months, Florida has lost 156,200 jobs, more than any other state, including the much-larger California, which lost 101,300. From September to October alone, Florida lost 27,300 jobs, more than any state except Washington, according to federal statistics, also released Friday.

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