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Florida unemployment edges down in September

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Florida unemployment edges down in September

CREATED Oct. 19, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct. 19, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reports that unemployment fell one-tenth of one percent in September to 8.7 percent. 

Year to year unemployment in the Sunshine State dropped 1.7 percent from 10.4 percent in September 2011.

Locally the jobless rate tumbled four-tenths of one percent in both Lee and Collier counties.  Unemployment fell three-tenths of one percent in Charlotte County.

Here's a breakdown of the jobless rate across Southwest Florida.

                                        September 2012           August 2012

Charlotte County                 9.0%                                9.3%

Collier County                      9.3%                                9.7%

DeSoto County                   10.2%                              10.3%

Glades County                    10.1%                              10.9%

Hendry County                     14.4%                              15.5%

Lee County                            9.1%                                 9.5%