Florida's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July 2010 was 11.5 percent, according to information released by the Agency for Workforce Innovation on August 20, 2010. The July rate represented a 0.1-percentage-point increase over the June 2010 rate of 11.4 percent. Florida unemployment in July was two percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate of 9.5 percent.

Although the unemployment rate increased, July also saw an increase of 5,700 jobs over the prior month and a 12-month increase of 2,700 jobs, the first year-over-year increase since 2007.

Florida unemployment remains fifth highest in the nation, exceeded only by Nevada (14.3 percent), Michigan (13.1 percent), California (12.3 percent), and Rhode Island (11.9 percent).

The counties with the highest unemployment rates for July 2010 were Hendry County (19.7 percent), Flagler County (15.6 percent), St. Lucie County (15.2 percent), Indian River County (14.9 percent), and Okeechobee County (14.6 percent). The counties with the lowest July 2010 unemployment rates were Walton County (7.5 percent), Liberty County (7.6 percent), Monroe and Okaloosa counties (7.9 percent each), Lafayette County (8.2 percent), and Franklin County (8.4 percent).