Spin....Florida unemployment rate
The 17.5% unemployment rate reported today (which includes those who have stopped looking and those forced to work part time) is really much higher in Florida. In the Tampa Bay area we have lately been about 2% higher than the US rate in general. Additionally, we do not account for the illegal workers that made up a significant part of our economy in agriculture and building...the unseen 800 pound gorilla in the middle of the room... whose consumption of goods and services is a shadow of its former self. (And whose sales tax revenue is greatly missed). They have gone for greener pastures.