The overall state unemployment rate dropped in January, according to numbers released Monday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.8% in January 2021, down 0.3 of percentage point from the revised December 2020 rate and up 1.5 percentage points from a year ago. There were 482,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10.07 million. The U.S. unemployment rate was 6.3% in January.
In January, St. Johns County and Monroe County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate (3.5% each), followed by Wakulla County (3.7%). St. Johns County had a rate of 2.6% in December.
Duval County saw its rate go from 3.5% in December to 4.7% in January. Clay County also saw its rate increase month to month from 2.8% to 4%. Nassau County saw a similar movement as its rate from from 2.9% to 4% in January.
Miami-Dade County had the highest unemployment rate (8.1%) in Florida in January 2021, followed by Osceola County (7%), Hamilton County (6.7%) and Putnam County (6.6%).