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St. Lucie County Double Digit Unemployment

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (WFLX) -- If you're paying attention to the bailouts you know the situation in Detroit is bad.  But new numbers shed light on just how poor the economy is HERE.

St. Lucie County went from the fastest growing county in the United States in 2005 to a new benchmark in '08.  10 point 6 percent unemployment.

 To keep it in perspective, Detroit is at 10.1 percent unemployment.  St. Lucie's unemployment is now higher than, yes, those begging for a federal bailout in Detroit.

 "My business is down, both businesses, so I am actually looking for a job myself just to get better security."  "I don't think the bailouts are helping everybody, they are just helping the big conglomerates."

 Thousands line up every month to find work at Treasure Coast One Stop Career Centers only to find they are one of 200 who apply for one opening. 

The main reason for massive unemployment on the Treasure coast; the housing market crash. Statewide 677,000 people are collecting unemployment

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