CORAL SPRINGS, FL – The unemployment rate in Coral Springs went up to 11.8 percent in July – up from 10.7 percent the previous month – as businesses laid off additional workers due to lagging recovery and spikes in Covid-19 cases, according to new data released Saturday.

In all, 8,429 people were unemployed in Coral Springs out of 71,670 in the labor force in July, which is the latest information from Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

In comparison, the jobless rate in Broward County rose to 13.1 percent in July, up from 11.8 percent in June, the data showed.

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And Florida’s rate climbed to 11.3 percent in July from 10.3 percent in June.

Experts have said they don’t expect pre-pandemic staffing levels until 2022, as businesses are skeptical about hiring and spending with coronavirus cases still going up but significantly less than in July.

Through the pandemic, the unemployment numbers in Coral Springs reached a high of 14.7 percent in April when the stay-at-home orders were in effect. The rate was lowest in June before edging up in July as a wave of new Covid-19 cases hit Coral Springs and the rest of South Florida.

Before the Covid-19 outbreak, the unemployment rate in Coral Spring was 2.8 percent in February, with 2,113 people out of work, data shows.


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