Jobless figures improve in September

Published: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 10:00 AM.

“I think the nationwide decline in unemployment and Florida’s decrease in unemployment can be attributed to much the same factors, and that’s the improvement in the construction industry,” Goetsch added. “The housing industry is actually beginning to go back into building mode, so you’re beginning to see that in the unemployment numbers.”

Construction is still down 5,000 jobs statewide for the year, but has made significant gains in recent months. Rust said the state gained 3,900 construction jobs in September and 4,200 in August.

Friday’s report was the final one before the presidential election Nov. 6, but Goetsch said he does not think the numbers will have much of an impact on the outcome.

“I think the president will attempt to make it have an effect,” Goetsch said. “The problem is, I don’t think people accept the numbers. You can tweak this and tweak that and make the numbers appear better.”

Contact Daily News Business Editor Dusty Ricketts at 850-315-4448 or Follow him on Twitter @DustyRnwfdn.

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