TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - After months of bad news, Florida
officials are hoping that the March unemployment numbers will
The state's unemployment rate shot up to 9.4 percent in February
after another 75,000 workers got pink slips.
It was Florida's highest unemployment since 1976 when an inflationary economy helped Democrat Jimmy Carter unseat Republican President Gerald Ford.
The Agency for Workforce Innovation, which oversees employment
opportunities across the state, said the high unemployment is
largely a result of the loss of 115,000 construction jobs.
Those jobs were lost because of the declining housing market.
Private education and health care were the only areas that saw
some job growth in February.