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Area Unemployment Still High Even In “Reopening”

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While Florida added 182,900 jobs in May, the state’s unemployment rate was up to 14.5 percent, according to figures released Friday by the state Department of Economic Opportunity.

The slight uptick in jobs statewide doesn’t offset the 1.1 million jobs lost in Florida during April when many businesses were closed to slow the COVID-19 pandemic.

That 14.5 percent rate translates into 1.4 million unemployed.

Walt spent 35 years as a reporter, feature writer. TV critic and columnist for The Tampa Tribune. Prior to that he worked in the public relations office at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and as a reporter for The Greenville (SC) News. He and his wife, Debbie, have lived in Safety Harbor for 10 years. He also taught media writing courses at the University of Tampa. Since moving here, he has been active with the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center, hosting a monthly storytelling night.