Miami Unemployment Hits Record Even as Some Cities Recover

The Miami area just posted its highest unemployment rate on record at 13.9% as the Covid-19 pandemic walloped the tourism-dependent economy.

Although employment has been recovering in some U.S. major metropolitan areas, Miami’s jobless rate continued its upward trajectory last month. Last month, 188,849 persons in the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall area were unemployed, up from just 35,504 in July 2019, unadjusted data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed Friday.

Miami Unemployment Hits Record Even as Some Cities Recover

Florida was among a number of Sun Belt states, that include Arizona and part of California, that experienced a sharp resurgence of coronavirus cases in June and July.

Although cases have slowed in recent weeks, indoor dining is still banned at Miami-Dade restaurants. Bowling alleys and movie theaters remain shuttered, and the local school district is starting the year with remote learning.

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