The unemployment rate in Flagler County changed little after Hurricane Ian, according to a news release from the Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity data showed an increase from 3% in September 2022 to 3.2% in October 2022, according to the news release.
“Thankfully, Hurricane Ian did not have a significant impact on local jobs,” said Greg Blosé, president and CEO of the chamber. “Flagler County did see an increase in the number of unemployed residents and a slight decline in the number of local jobs in October 2022. Overall, Flagler weathered Hurricane Ian well, from an economic perspective.”
The number of Flagler County residents who are employed declined by 246, from 49,562 in September 2022 to 49,316 in October 2022, according to the news release. The number of job-seeking residents rose by 74, to 1,604 in October 2022.
Blosé said Flagler County unemployment typically rises in the non-tourism months.
"Looking ahead, the Chamber will continue to monitor national, state and local economic data in reference to a potential recession in 2023," he said. "Unfortunately, inflation remains historically high and Floridians outlook on the economy remains dim, according to the latest Florida consumer sentiment data.”