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  • Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announces Florida’s Unemployment Rate for April 2020

    The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announces Florida’s April Employment Data


    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced Florida’s April 2020 Employment Data. This month, Florida saw considerable changes in employment data due to COVID-19.
    Florida Economic Indicators for April 2020 include:

    • Unemployment rate was 12.9 percent.

    • Labor force was down 893,000, 8.6 percent, over the month.

    • Florida businesses lost 989,600 private-sector jobs over the year.

    • Florida’s private-sector over-the-year rate of decline of 12.7 percent was less than the national over-the-year decline of 14.6 percent.

    • Consumer Sentiment Index is 75.9 in April 2020, 11.2 points lower than the March revised figure of 87.1.

    Governor DeSantis’ Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery Full Phase 1 Plan is providing the opportunity for many of Florida’s businesses to reopen their doors and reemploy many Floridians. Governor DeSantis and DEO continue to encourage Florida businesses impacted by COVID-19 to utilize state and federal resources currently available. For a list of federal and state resources available to businesses impacted by COVID-19, please visit Floridajobs.org/COVID-19.
    To view the April 2020 jobs report by region, please see below:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Southwest Florida
    West Palm Beach
    To view the April 2020 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.


    About DEO


    The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity combines the state’s economic, workforce and community development efforts, expediting economic development projects to fuel job creation in competitive communities and promote economic resiliency. For more information, including valuable resources for employers and job seekers, please visit www.floridajobs.org.