The Clewiston News

Hendry retains highest unemployment in state

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Hendry County remained the top Florida county for unemployment in July, jumping two percentage points from the revised June rate of 10.7 percent to 12.7 percent in July, according to data released by the Department of Economic Opportunity.

Following Hendry County in highest unemployment are Hardee County with 9.2 percent, Highlands County with 8.3 percent, and Citrus, Glades and Putnam counties with 8 percent.

Hendry was the only county with a double-digit unemployment rate in both July and June.

The county’s rate is also 1.1 percentage points lower than this time last year.

As the seasons change and more agricultural and tourism-related positions become available, the rate usually drops as is seen historically with the county’s unemployment.