Clewiston, LaBelle, Belle Glade, Moore Haven, Lake Okeechobee - Sunday Morning News: "Hendry and Glades have state's highest jobless rate
LABELLE, FL. (May 23, 2004) -- According to the latest statistics, Hendry County has the state's highest jobless rate, at 8 percent, followed by Glades with 6.5 percent. Following up with the dubious distinction of highest unemployment is Miami-Dade with 6.4 percent and Taylor county with 6.3 percent. Rural north Florida's Lafayette County, has the state's lowest rate at 1.8 percent.
Although Gov. Jeb Bush and his brother's presidential reelection campaign boasted Friday about Florida's unemployment rate, critics from the Democratic side weren't so glowing. 'Jeb Bush must be the governor of fantasy land, because unless the Bush campaign is announcing that they're moving 63,000 manufacturing jobs to Florida to replace the ones that have been lost since George Bush took office, then he still doesn't have a plan to create jobs or build up our middle class,' said Mark Kornblau, a campaign spokesman for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. "