“I think more people are entering the workforce; we have seen unemployment rate tick up from time to time as confidence in our economy grows. Discouraged workers who weren’t looking are reentering the labor market because more and more job opportunities are open.” Jim Wall, Communications Director for CareerSource Southwest Florida.
Here is a year comparison of unemployment rates from our Southwest Florida’s counties:
- Lee County: 5% in January 2017 compared to 4.7% January 2016.
- Collier County: 5% in January 2017 compared to 4.7% January 2016.
- Charlotte County: 5.8% in January 2017 compared to 5.6% January 2016.
- Glades County: 6.9% in January 2017 compared to 6% January 2016.
- Hendry County: 8.1% in January 2017 same as January 2016.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity released this unemployment data for January 2017 on Monday, March 13th.
There have been slight increases due to some seasonal employees that have been let go after the holidays, but the positive signs are 8,900 more jobs than last year!
Follow this link to the full article created by Casey Logan, Reporter for the News-Press: “Why higher unemployment in Lee, Collier is a good thing”.