The employment market in Brevard County continued to rise in September as the unemployment rate fell from 4.3% in August 2020 and 5.5% in September 2020 to 3.8%.
Breverd’s employment increased from 287,341 in August to 289,688 in September. And the number of unemployed decreased from 12,811 in August to 11,411 in September.
As the economy continued to recover from COVID-19-related temporary dismissals in the spring and summer of 2020, improvements were also seen across the state and across the country.
Florida’s unemployment rate fell from 5.0% in August to 4.9% in September. The state-wide rate for September 2020 was 7.2%.
The national unemployment rate fell from 5.2% in August to 4.8% in September. The national rate in September 2020 was 7.8%.
Florida’s Office of Economic Opportunity secretary, Dane Eagle, used a state-wide unemployment report released Friday to criticize the federal government for promoting vaccination mandates.
There are no data yet on the impact of planned vaccine obligations on federal contractor employees on the employment market. Federal contractors need to vaccinate everyone. Employees of private employers with at least 100 employees. Employees must be vaccinated or have a weekly COVID-19 test.
But at a press conference on Friday, Eagle said workers “if they let go because of their vaccination obligations, the number of unemployed will increase because they are currently in the unemployment sector, where there are no jobs associated with them.” Said. , Or they are completely discouraged and they are completely out of the workforce. “
“In either case, it’s not healthy for the economy,” Eagle said. “It’s not healthy for personal life, and that’s what we absolutely want to avoid here in Florida, and that’s why the governor made that big announcement,” he will fight orders.
Mr Eagle said he believes Governor Ron DeSantis and other state officials have the right to do whatever they can to combat the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine obligations.
“We’re not going to do that here in Florida because other states want to let go of their employees and enforce their vaccine obligations,” Eagle said. “We will welcome people to Florida. We will connect them with work, and our economy will continue to lead them.”
Eagle also criticized the extended supplementary unemployment allowance provided by the federal government and said it provided incentives for some unemployed people not to return to work as soon as they would otherwise.
“The governor has revealed that Florida is open for business,” Eagle said. “I want to attract workers who want to connect with work,” he said.
Florida lost 1,269,200 jobs between February and April 2020, and has since regained 83.8% of the lost jobs, or 1,063,800 jobs.
DeSantis reacts to data
In a statement released Friday, DeSantis praised the number of states and said it outpaced the country’s employment growth.
“We had 194,000 jobs nationwide in September, but 84,500 jobs in Florida in the same month,” said DeSantis. Due to headwinds and economic uncertainty, Florida has reached the level of employment growth seen only on four other occasions in the last three decades. We will continue to work hard to keep Florida open, free and built for the occasion. “
DeSantis said Florida’s workforce has grown 540,000 annually, of which 423,000 have occurred in the last six months.
Among other positive signs, the governor pointed out:
- Florida gained a total of 84,500 jobs that month.
- A Florida company has won 72,700 private sector jobs in a month.
- The workforce increased by 50,000 in a month, bringing the total for September to 10,593,000. Of the total workforce, 517,000 were unemployed.
- Florida’s workforce growth is 0.8% nationwide, compared to 5.4% annually.
- Florida’s private sector employment has increased by 411,400 or 5.6% annually, surpassing 4.6% nationwide.
- Florida’s monthly private sector employment growth was 0.9%, three times the national 0.3%.
Florida’s “employment numbers are amazing,” according to Eagle, and private sector employment has increased for the 17th straight month.
Florida’s workforce growth is “a staggering number. Florida has a more optimistic view than the United States. We really set an example for the country. Our economy continues to recover and is great. Will do that. “”
Eagle downplayed the country’s unemployment rate, which is slightly lower than the state’s rate, and instead focused on Florida’s workforce growing faster than the state’s workforce.
Adrian Johnston, chief economist at the Office of Economic Opportunity, said state data shows that more people are quitting their jobs than they were a year ago, but many are quitting their jobs rather than leaving the workforce altogether. I’m saying I’m looking for it.
“Traditionally, this is considered an optimistic sign,” Johnston said. “That is, people are quitting because they are confident that they can find a job elsewhere.”
The challenge of filling retail jobs
“There are a lot of churn in the labor market,” Johnston said.
She said it might help retailers trying to hire workers for a pre-Christmas shopping rush.
“Some people are quitting their jobs,” Johnston said. “I’m sure they can find another job. More and more people are coming to the labor market every month to look for a job. So the workforce is there, from what we can see. It will continue to grow. So for a company it is a positive sign. People are there. They are confident. They are looking for a job. Therefore, it is a positive indicator for a company. I think it will continue to be. “
“There are jobs, but there are also workers, so for the economy as a nation, our job now is to connect those individuals with work, and we focus on doing so,” Eagle said. Added.
He said, “The message to employers is, if they have problems with employment, they have to be creative. They are attractive to the people at work. You have to make a decision about what you want to do to market yourself. The market. And that’s free market economics, and that’s what we support here in Florida. “
Breberd, city number
In September, Brevard County was tied for the 24th lowest unemployment rate among the 67 counties in Florida. Brevard’s unemployment rate was the seventh lowest of Florida’s 24 metropolitan areas and sectors.
In September, Monroe County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state (2.6%), followed by St. Johns County (2.9%), Wakulla County (3.1%), Okaloosa County and Nassau County (3.2% each).
Hendry County had the highest unemployment rate in the state (6.7%) in September, followed by Putnam County (5.9%), Highlands County (5.7%), Hamilton, Miami-Dade and Sumter County (5.6% each). ..
Metropolitan unemployment rates ranged from 5.7% in Sebring to 3.3% in Crestview / Fort Walton Beach / Destin.
DEO is also tracking the unemployment rate in the four most populous cities in Boulevard. These numbers are:
- Melbourne: September was 4.2%, down from 4.6% in August. It peaked at 13.8% in April 2020 and was 3.3% just before the February 2020 pandemic.
- Palm Bay: September was 4.1%, down from 4.6% in August. It peaked at 13.5% in April 2020 and was 3.4% just before the February 2020 pandemic.
- Rockledge: September was 3.3%, down from 3.7% in August. It peaked at 12.2% in April 2020 and was 3.1% just before the February 2020 pandemic.
- Titusville: 4.4% in September was down from 4.9% in August. It peaked at 15.4% in April 2020 and was 3.5% just before the February 2020 pandemic.
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Brevard’s unemployment rate drops to 3.8% in September
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