Florida's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 12.0 percent in April 2010, according to a report released on May 21 by the Agency for Workforce Innovation. The April rate was 0.3 percentage points below the revised March 2010 rate of 12.3 percent and 2.3 percentage points higher than the revised April 2009 rate of 9.7 percent. The March 2010 unemployment rate was the highest rate since state unemployment data began being compiled in 1970.
The Florida unemployment rate is now 2.1 percentage points higher than the national rate of 9.9 percent.
Florida's unemployment rate remains fifth highest in the nation, after Michigan (14.0 percent), Nevada (13.7 percent), California (12.6 percent), and Rhode Island (12.5 percent).
The counties with the highest unemployment rates were Flagler County (15.4 percent), Hernando County (14.3 percent), Marion County (13.9 percent), St. Lucie County (13.7 percent), and Hendry County (13.3 percent). The counties with the lowest unemployment were Liberty County (6.7 percent), Monroe County (7.2 percent), Alachua County (7.4 percent), Leon County (7.5 percent), and Okaloosa County (7.6 percent).