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Unemployment rate hits a historic low in Miami Dade County

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In December 2019 reports show that Miami-Dade County had the lowest unemployment rate in its history that was not seasonally adjusted at a low of 1.8 percent. Both Monroe and Miami Dade County had the lowest rates in all of Florida.

"The great thing about this historically low unemployment rate is that our County’s job market is actually expanding; it’s not because people are no longer looking for work but because we actually have more people looking for work, and despite that our unemployment numbers are actually lower. That means a lot of jobs are being created here in Miami-Dade County.” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said.

In 2019 Miami Dade County created 25,900 new non-agricultural payroll jobs which was a 2.1 percent increase. The highest job creation occurred in education and health services, with the most jobs created in the healthcare industry. In actuality, Miami Dade County actually reached the highest number of payroll jobs in all of its history.

This is great news for the residents of Miami Dade County. If you happen to be among the people that do not have a job in Florida and you want to apply for unemployment, your weekly benefit amount is calculated by dividing your total earnings for the highest paid quarter of the base period by 26, up to a current maximum of $275 per week. You can receive benefits for anywhere between 12 to 23 weeks, depending on Florida's current unemployment rate which is 3.2 percent as of October 2019.

If you need assistance with unemployment you can apply online by visiting the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation’s website. This will take you to the application screen to apply for unemployment benefits.

If you have any questions concerning your benefits, call 1-800-204-2418. You will not receive your first check until several weeks after you have submitted your claim.

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