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POLK COUNTY BROADBAND PLAN According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual unemployment rate in Polk County in 2011 was 11.6 percent, up from 3.6 percent in 2006 (see Figure 10). Since 2008, Polk County has had higher unemployment than Florida or the United States. 14% 12% Polk County 10% 8% Florida 6% United States 4% 2% 0% Figure 10. Annual Unemployment Rates, Not Seasonally Adjusted, 2000-2011 Data source: Bureau of Labor Statistics According to 2011 Census estimates, the median household income in Polk County was $42,365 (see Figure 11). $60,000 $50,000 $40,000 $42,365 $45,736 $51,484 $30,000 $20,000 $10,000 $0 Polk County Florida United States Figure 11. Median Household Income, 2011 Data source: U.S. Census Bureau 33