Florida joblessness hits highest rate since 1975, 11.5 percent

Miami HeraldDecember 18, 2009 

MIAMI — Florida's unemployment rate continued to rise last month, up two-tenths of a point to 11.5 percent, the state labor department said Friday.

It was the highest rate since May 1975.

Miami-Dade County's rate was 11.1 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Those numbers are adjusted to remove the effect of normal seasonal changes, such as summer layoffs in the tourism industry. Adjusted numbers aren't available for other Florida counties, but here are the raw figures for South Florida:

• Broward, 10.1 percent.

• Monroe, 7.3 percent.

• Palm Beach, 11.7 percent.

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