Florida jobs deficit still near 1 million

Two years after the official end of the recession, Florida still has a jobs deficit of nearly 981,000 jobs, and some groups of workers are faring far worse than others in the economy, according to the annual State of Working Florida report to be released on Sunday by the Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy at Florida International University.

In 2010 almost 20% of the labor force was underemployed, with younger, less educated, male, and African American or Hispanic workers more likely to fall into this group. Unemployment continued to increase for nearly all groups in 2010, with the exception of workers with a Bachelor’s degree who actually experienced a slight decrease in unemployment.

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