Tampa Bay’s Stubborn 12% Unemployment
From 83 Degrees Magazine the
new media of Tampa Bay.
Florida’s job market
is sickly, diseased, dying, clinging to life like a zombie is undead.
But at least things are barely measurably better in the sunny paradise
of Tampa Bay.
The bottom line
numbers do suck. The state shed an estimated 17,900 jobs between
November and December, and the statewide unemployment rate remain
unchanged at the shocking depression level of 12.7%.
In Tampa Bay however
the unemployment rate dropped a meaningless 0.7% to an incontinent 12%
which should be reason to celebrate. 12% unemployment rate used to be
considered a failure, a risk to the political stability of a region and
proof of a lack of intellectual capacity on the part of regional
leaders. But after reaching a dismal economic Armageddon unseen in
modern history it has been redefined as encouraging proof of success.
Becky Busty, Chief
Cheerleader with the Agency for Workforce Stagnation and Expensive Hors
D’oeuvres which oversees all government inactivity on unemployment
issues, singled out the Tampa Bay areas’ bounce back in a press release
Friday. “The key to understanding and dealing with our current economic
failures is to rebrand the expectation and definition of success” Busty
said. “The gains are meaningless statistical anomalies we can use to
manage our brand away from a public image of total failure.”
In another positive
note that affects very few people, Florida added jobs compared to the
same tepid growth in same month last year by less then one percent.
Since Florida’s historical peak of employment in March 2007 the state
has lost 876,500 jobs.
“The good news is the
economy is improving. We simply have stopped defining jobs as part of
the economy. The job market will no longer be considered in reports on
the economic conditions of Florida, unless we can find a way to twist
the data into good news” said Busty.
From 83 Degrees
Magazine the new media of Tampa Bay.