Florida's Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

News Release: Associated Press
August 15, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's unemployment rate continues to remain the same as it has been for most of the year.

New jobless numbers released on Friday show that the rate for July was 6.2 percent. That's the same rate it was the previous month.

The state's unemployment rate is equal to the national rate. Last month Florida's rate had edged slightly up the U.S. rate.

The new numbers also show that Florida lost 1,600 jobs overall in July. There are an estimated 597,000 people looking for jobs in the state.

Gov. Rick Scott has made the state's unemployment rate and job creation a central part of his re-election campaign. He campaigned on a pledge in 2010 on a pledge to add 700,000 jobs above normal growth.


News Release: Associated Press
August 15, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- New jobless numbers are due out and will show whether the state's unemployment rate is still higher than the national rate.

Florida's unemployment rate for July will be released Friday.

The state's unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in June. That was higher than the national rate at the time, although the U.S. rate edged back up.

Florida's unemployment rate has remained roughly flat for the first half of 2014.

Payroll provider ADP reported last week that the state added 8,740 private sector jobs during July. ADP noted that was a steep drop from June. ADP's survey is separate from the one conducted by government agencies.

The unemployment rate is important for Gov. Rick Scott because he campaigned in 2010 on a pledge to add 700,000 jobs above normal growth.


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