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June unemployment rate creeps up to 8.9 percent

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Published:   |   Updated: July 22, 2013 at 11:34 AM

For the second straight month, the unemployment rate in Hernando County inched upward.

For June, the rate was 8.9 percent, compared to 8.6 in May. Even with the rise, June's rate was far better than one year ago, when it was 11.4 percent.

Dave Hamilton, operations manager for the Pasco-Hernando Workforce Board, said that he is not concerned at this point because June is typically an underwhelming month for employment data.

The real indicator of whether Hernando County will continue the positive labor trends it had been showing up to the last two months' statistics will come in September, he said.

Hamilton said he was concerned this month because, despite an increase in the work force, there was a decrease in the number of people employed.

"Every June, you do see somewhat of an uptick," he said. "It is seasonal."

Meanwhile, Florida's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in June, holding steady over the month but down 1.7 percentage points from 8.8 percent a year ago.

The U.S. unemployment rate in June was 7.6 percent.

Gov. Rick Scott said in a prepared statement that Florida's June unemployment rate of 7.1 percent continues a long-term trend of decreasing unemployment throughout the state.

"The creation of more than 2,000 private sector jobs last month is further evidence of the state's continuing economic recovery," Scott said.

"As Florida families are getting back to work, it is clear that it's working."

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