The Clewiston News

Hendry County unemployment rate spikes in May

The unemployment rate in Hendry County rose 1.4 percent from 7.2 in April to 8.6 in May, according to data released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

The county’s higher rate coincides with the traditional rise in unemployment as the agricultural and tourism seasons come to a close in the summer months.

As of May, Hendry County once again has the highest unemployment rate in the state. At 8.6 percent, Hendry County’s unemployment rate is nearly one percentage point higher than the second-leading county: Citrus with 7.7 percent.

Putnam County, which tied Citrus County for highest unemployment in April, was number three in May with 7.6 percent.

The county with the lowest unemployment rate is Monroe County, which includes the Florida Keys, with 3.8 percent in May.

Hendry County’s unemployment rate was still lower than it was one year before. In May 2014, the county had a 9.8 percent unemployment rate.