Florida unemployment rate remains stable as year ends

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By: Associated Press
December 22, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's unemployment rate is remaining stable.

State officials announced Friday that the unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in November. That's lower than the national rate of 4.1 percent.

There are an estimated 369,000 jobless Floridians out of a workforce of 10.1 million people.

Florida lost more than 127,000 jobs after Hurricane Irma struck in September, but has seen job growth since then. Last month the state gained 13,100 jobs.

National data shows that Florida has been a leader in job growth in the last year. The state added 195,000 jobs since November 2016 and trailed only Texas and California in the number of jobs added.

St. Johns County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3 percent. Hendry County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.3 percent.

According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the regional unemployment rate for Gadsden, Leon, and Wakulla counties was 3.6 percent for November 2017. The region’s rate was 0.2 percent lower than the state’s rate for November 2017.

Wakulla County’s unemployment rate remained the lowest in the Capital Region at 3.2 percent. Leon County followed at 3.5 percent and Gadsden County was at 4.7 percent.

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