Unemployment improves from about 13% to 9.7% in Volusia and Flagler

A year ago, both were about 4%.

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A historical look at unemployment, dating back to the 1970s.
A historical look at unemployment, dating back to the 1970s.
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Flagler County's unemployment rate dropped from 13.7% in May to 9.7% in June, the Department of Economic Opportunity said Friday, July 17. That's still a big increase from June 2019, when the unemployment rate was 4.1%.

Volusia County's rate dropped similarly, from 13.3% in May to 9.7% in June. Last year, in June 2019, the rate was 3.7% unemployed.

Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 10.4% in June, as the state started the second phase of its economic-recovery effort amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The rate was down from an adjusted rate of 13.7% in May. The state had initially announced a 14.5% rate for May but adjusted it downward in Friday's report.

The latest numbers indicate an estimated 1.02 million Floridians were out of work in June, a decrease of 298,000 from May, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity.

The release of the June numbers came a day after the U.S. Department of Labor estimated that first-time jobless claims in Florida nearly doubled last week as the state deals with a surge in coronavirus cases. The Department of Labor said 129,408 initial claims were filed during the week that ended July 11, up from 66,941 during the week that ended July 4. The News Service will have a full story later Friday.

— News Service of Florida and Brian McMillan


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