Brevard Unemployment Remains Higher Than Florida Ave.

By  //  May 18, 2013

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ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Governor Scott – Florida Reveals April unemployment rate falls to 7.2% and remains below the national average for second consecutive month. Brevard County’s unemployment rate fell from 7.5 percent to 7.3 percent.

TALLAHASSEE, FORIDA – According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s monthly report, Brevard County’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.5 percent to 7.3 percent, and Florida added 16,700 private sectors jobs last month. 

Brevard County remains among the top 20 Florida counties with high unemployment.

With an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent, Brevard County’s unemployment is the 18th highest in the state, behind the counties of Polk, Washington and Taylor, which are all at 7.4 percent. Florida’s three counties with the highest unemployment rates are Hendry (9.9), Flagler (9.3) and Putnam (9.0).


In a press release, Governor Rick Scott touted Florida’s continued progress in job creation.

Gov. Rick Scott
Gov. Rick Scott

“Florida’s families are getting back to work and our state’s economy is growing” Scott said. “With 16,700 new private sector jobs added last month and an unemployment rate that continues to decline, Florida is once again below the national average at 7.2 percent. Growing jobs is our top priority and this legislative session we eliminated barriers on manufacturers to ensure Florida is a top destination for manufacturing jobs.  Just last week we also welcomed Hertz to Florida and are excited they have chosen to relocate their corporate headquarters to the Sunshine State.  It is clear that our policies to create jobs for Florida families and attract new and expanding businesses to Florida is working.”

Since December 2010, Florida’s statewide unemployment rate has dropped nearly four percentage points, from a rate of 11.1 percent to April’s rate of 7.2 percent. In the same timeframe, the national unemployment rate has dropped 1.8 percentage points, demonstrating Florida’s improving economic climate continues to outpace the national recovery. Florida’s unemployment rate has now declined year-over-year for 30 consecutive months.

Last month, 16,700 private sector jobs were  added throughout the state and Florida job postings increased 3.2 percent in April 2013 compared to the previous April by 7,977 positions, for an increase of  and a total of 255,567 openings.


  • Florida’s job growth month-to-month has been positive for 21 of the last 22 months.
  • Florida is expected to create more than 900,000 new jobs by 2018, according to the Florida Economic Estimating Conference.
  • Job postings for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) occupations in Florida compiled by the Help Wanted OnLine data series from The Conference Board totaled 58,637 (seasonally adjusted) openings in April 2013. Over the year, STEM job postings were up by 3,842 openings (+7.0 percent) compared to April 2012.  Over the month, STEM demand in April increased by 2,931 openings (+5.3 percent) from the 55,637 postings in March 2013.


  • Florida is running a trade surplus of over $24 billion – with $86.8 billion in exports and $62.4 billion in imports in 2011, up from $73.1 billion in exports in 2010 and $53.2 billion in imports in 2010.