FLORIDA unemployment claims surge, FL Dept. says more than 50,000 jobs lost

Florida unemployment claims surged to the highest level since the state’s 2010 collapse.

The Department of Economic Opportunity reported Thursday that the state lost more than 5.5 million jobs during the first three months of the year.

More than 50.7 million Floridians have been unemployed for at least a year, a higher number than in any year since 2000, the department said.

Florida has experienced its own wave of job losses over the past year, as employers slashed jobs in the state.

Last year, employers slashed 2.9 million jobs and the number of jobless Floridian is now 5.3 million, a 6.4 percent increase from 2014.

The latest report on Florida unemployment was also the state with the highest rate of people who said they were unemployed in September.

The state with an unemployment rate of 15.2 percent is the highest since September 2014.

It was the third consecutive month of a gain for the state, which has been adding jobs at a rapid pace since its recovery began in 2010.