JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Operation Ceasefire has more officers on the street to curb violence. Those officers are also working in parts of the city where the jobless rate is the highest.
Mayor Alvin Brown who on Monday called Jacksonville a "city of opportunity" says residents who live in the targeted crime fighting zone are waiting for opportunities.
"This is why crime is so high because people trying to take care of their families," said 39 year-old businessman who did not want to be identified when asked about the joblessness in zip code 32209.
That part of the city has an unemployment rate of 11.87 percent which is twice the city's jobless rate of 6 percent.
Natalie Turner who was riding her bike down Myrtle Avenue says she has a job, but knows a lot of people who do not.
"Jobs would help a lot," said Turner who was on her way to pay a cell phone bill.
The highest unemployment rate in Jacksonville is Downtown in the 32202 zip code with a jobless rate topping 15 percent. Florida's unemployment rate is 6.2 percent.