Florida's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.6 percent in May 2012, the lowest since December 2008 when it was 8.2 percent.
There were 794,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 9,262,000.
The May 2012 rate fell 0.1 percentage point from the month-ago rate of 8.7 percent and was 2.0 percentage points lower than the year-ago rate of 10.6 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in May.
Florida's seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment was 7,323,000 in May 2012, an increase of 5,300 jobs (0.1 percent) over the month.
The number of jobs in the state was up 53,800 over the year, an increase of 0.7 percent from May 2011. Nationally, the number of jobs was up 1.4 percent over the year.
Here's a look at the unemployment numbers in the Panhandle:
Bay County- 7.8%
Jackson County- 7.0%
Walton County- 5.3%
Gulf County- 8.0%
Washington County- 8.9%
Franklin County- 6.1%
Liberty County- 6.7%
Press Release Provided by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity