Florida's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 11.7 percent in August 2010, according to information released by the Agency for Workforce Innovation on September 17. The August figure represents a 0.2 percentage point increase over the rate for July 2010 and a 0.7 percentage point increase over the rate for August 2009. The August 2010 Florida unemployment rate was 2.1 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate of 9.6 percent.
Florida's unemployment rate peaked at 12.3 percent in March 2010.
The counties with the highest unemployment rates in August 2010 were Hendry County (20.6 percent), Flagler County (16.4 percent), Indian River County (16.2 percent), St. Lucie County (15.6 percent), and Hernando County (15.0 percent). The counties with the lowest rates were Liberty County (7.5 percent), Walton County (7.8 percent), Okaloosa County (8.0 percent), Lafayette County (8.4 percent), and Monroe County (8.5 percent). Fifty-one of Florida's 67 counties had unemployment rates at or above 10 percent.