Unemployment rate dips to 8.6 percent in May

June 16, 2012, (Written by Gray Rohrer – The Florida Current). Florida added 5,300 nonagricultural jobs in May as the unemployment rate dropped by 0.1 percent to 8.6 percent, according to numbers released Friday by the Department of Economic Opportunity. The rate is the lowest in Florida since December 2008 when it stood at 8.2 percent, but the recent decline in the jobless rate has been aided by a shrinking workforce.