Palm Beach County Unemployment for July 11.6 Percent, Up from 10.2 Percent in June

West Palm Beach, Fla. (Aug. 21, 2020) – Palm Beach County’s unemployment rate for July rose to 11.6 percent from 10.2 percent in June, above the state’s 11.5 percent rate and the 10.5 percent national rate, according to the latest monthly reports released today by CareerSource Palm Beach County and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (all numbers not seasonally adjusted).

Palm Beach County’s unemployment rate ranked eighth among Florida counties and stayed below other major markets, including Miami-Dade County, Broward County and the Greater Orlando area. These counties with large numbers of theme parks, cruise ships and international flight traffic continue to be the hardest hit. 

“Employment and the economy continue to struggle locally and statewide,” said Julia Dattolo, Interim President and CEO of CareerSource Palm Beach County, the nonprofit organization chartered by the state to lead workforce development in Palm Beach County. 

Here’s an overview of the top five key industry sectors in Palm Beach County:


  • Employment: 106,500
  • Jobs gained June to July: 1,400
  • Jobs lost over year: -7,800

Professional and business services

  • Employment: 105,700
  • Jobs lost June to July: -600
  • Jobs lost over year: -11,300

Education and health services

  • Employment: 98,400
  • Jobs gained June to July: 900
  • Jobs lost over year: -6,000

Leisure and hospitality

  • Employment: 62,500
  • Jobs lost June to July: -5,000
  • Jobs lost over year: -24,000


  • Employment: 58,200
  • Jobs lost June to July: -1400
  • Jobs lost over year: -2,300

The county’s year-ago rate for June was a nostalgic 3.6 percent and the total number of jobs in the county dropped by 57,300 compared to a year ago. Outside of the Great Depression, the county’s record high unemployment rate was 14.2 percent in April 2020 and had reached nearly 12 percent during the so-called Great Recession in summer 2010.  

Tri-County Virtual Hiring Event Coming Aug. 26: CareerSource Palm Beach County, Broward and Research Coast are teaming up to bring together some of South Florida’s top employers and community partners to attract the best talent at a time when our region needs it the most. The tri-county virtual hiring event will be held Aug. 26 from 9 am to 1 pm. There is no cost to participate. For more information and to register, click on this link:

CareerSource also has scheduled two hiring events for hospitality jobs Sept. 16 and 20 to help leisure/hospitality employers staff for the winter tourist season. The organization has held three Virtual Career Expo hiring events during the past three months to help connect hundreds of job seekers with nearly 60 area employers. 

Employer Services: As businesses across our region reopen, CareerSource is very much engaged in preparing job seekers for new opportunities and helping businesses find the talent they need to reopen and thrive. The CareerSource Business Services staff connects employers with qualified candidates – at no cost. They can be contacted at or call 561.340.1060 and select option 3. 

Delray Beach Library Partners with CareerSource to Assist Job Seekers:  In-person services for job seekers are now available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 4 pm at the Delray Beach Public Library, 100 West Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. CareerSource staff will be at the library during these times for services such as navigating the Employ Florida online state job database, resume preparation, conducting a job search/interview, reemployment assistance and more. Computers also are available for job seekers to use at no cost. 

“Conditions due to COVID and limited space forced us to permanently close our Delray Career Cottage, but now customers in that area can access services nearby at the library,” said Ms. Dattolo. “The library provides greater capacity and space for in-person services, and augments our career centers in West Palm Beach and Belle Glade.”


During the past five program years, CareerSource Palm Beach County assisted more than 71,500 residents find employment ranging from entry level to executive suite, with salaries from these jobs creating $1.4 billion in annual wages. CareerSource also awarded $12.2 million in grants to area businesses and employees for job training and educational assistance during that time.  

Next monthly employment reports for Florida and Palm Beach County: State and local employment reports for August are scheduled for release on Sept. 18.  


Note to editors: You are invited to interview a CareerSource spokesperson on local employment and economic trends before 3:30 p.m. today. Please call 561.340.1061 ext. 2229 for scheduling.