Hendry County unemployment falls, but remains high

Hendry County’s unemployment rate remained in the double digits through the month of August but slipped a few percentage points from the July rate, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity (DOE).

The county’s rate slipped to 12.2 percent in August, down .7 percent from the revised July rate of 12.9 percent. The downward trend is likely to continue as the agricultural and tourism seasons begin.

Hendry’s unemployment rate compares to the state rate of 5.3 percent. It remains the highest and the only double-digit unemployment rate in the state.

Hardee County comes in at a distant second with 9 percent unemployment, with Glades County the third highest in the state with 7.9 percent.

The counties with the lowest unemployment rates were Monroe (3.7 percent), St. Johns (4 percent) and Franklin (4.3 percent).

A year ago, Hendry County posted a 14.2 percent unemployment rate.

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