South Florida's jobless rate continues to drop

Report: December's seasonal employment increase was mainly in retail

MIAMI, Fla. - Unemployment in South Florida continues to drop.

Miami-Dade County authorities report the rate for November was 7.1 percent and 6.8 percent in December. Good news in contrast to the 9.1 percent jobless rate in 2012.

Broward County authorities report the rate for December was 5 percent. It was the lowest since May of 2008 when it was 4.8 percent.

Some economists believe this is not necessarily good news since the decline can be attributed to people leaving the labor force or delaying their job search.

In Florida, the jobless rate for December was 6.2 percent. It was 6.4 percent the previous month. That's the lowest the rate has been since June 2008.

For nine months, the state's jobless rate remained lower than the national average, which is now at 6.7 percent.

December's seasonal increases in employment were mainly in retail trade and couriers and messengers, due to the holiday season, the Florida Department of Economic determined.

Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott took the credit and said in a statement that the increases in employment this December were due to his "job-creating policies and innovative initiatives."

Click here to view the December 2013 monthly employment data.

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