News Release: Governor's Office
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced that the statewide unemployment rate for December 2013 was 6.2 percent. The statewide unemployment rate has remained below the national average since April 2013. Florida added 13,500 private sector jobs in December 2013 and the state has created a total of 462,100 private sector jobs since December 2010.
Governor Scott said, “Once again we continue to distance ourselves from the national unemployment rate and create opportunities for Florida families. In December 2013, Florida experienced another significant drop in the statewide unemployment rate – down now to 6.2 percent, the lowest since June 2008. With 462,100 new private sector jobs created since December 2010, opportunities continue to increase for Florida families and it’s clear that our economic policies are working.”
Florida’s annual job growth rate of 2.6 percent in December 2013 was the fastest since June 2006. The state’s annual job growth rate has exceeded or been equal to the nation’s rate since March 2012.
DEO Executive Director Jesse Panuccio said, “Florida’s opportunity economy is getting stronger each month. With our unemployment rate dropping to 6.2 percent in December, job creation continuing to climb, and another month of all-time high job demand, we can see that the low-tax policies and pro-business initiatives of the Scott administration are working.”
Since December 2010, Florida’s statewide unemployment rate has dropped 4.9 percentage points, from a rate of 11.1 percent to December’s rate of 6.2 percent. The current rate of 6.2 percent represents the lowest statewide unemployment rate since June 2008. It is also a decrease of 1.7 percentage points from December 2012, when the rate was 7.9 percent. Florida’s unemployment rate has now declined year-over-year for 38 consecutive months.
More Jobs Being Created
Home Sales Robust
Economic Growth Trends Up Across State
Workforce Boards Assisting in Employment
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Associated Press News Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's latest unemployment numbers are coming out and could give another boost to incumbent Gov. Rick Scott.
The state's unemployment numbers for December will be released on Friday. The rate in the month of November was 6.4 percent. That's the lowest the rate has been since July 2008.
Payroll provider ADP reported earlier this month that the state added 25,230 private sector jobs during the month of December. ADP's survey is separate from the one that is conducted by government agencies.
Scott has contended the state's unemployment rate is dropping due to his policies.
But state economists have said a big reason for the decline is that people are leaving the labor force or had delayed their job search.