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Fla's Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

Associated Press News Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's unemployment rate is no longer dropping like it once did.

The state's jobless rate in February was 6.2 percent, which is the same rate it was the two previous months.

The unemployment rate held steady even though the state gained an estimated 33,400 jobs last month. Only California and Texas gained more jobs in February.

Gov. Rick Scott stressed the job gains on Friday, saying the latest numbers continue to show that businesses are growing in the state. Scott maintains his policies since becoming governor in 2011 have helped the state's economy recover.

But state economists have said a big reason for the unemployment rate decline is that people are leaving the labor force or had delayed their job search.


Associated Press News Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's latest unemployment numbers are coming out.

The state's jobless rate for February will be released on Friday. The rate in the month of January was 6.1 percent. That was a drop from the previous month, even though the state actually lost jobs at the start of the year.

Payroll provider ADP reported that the state added 10,840 private sector jobs in February. ADP's survey is separate from the one that is conducted by government agencies.

Gov. Rick Scott has contended the state's unemployment rate is dropping due to his policies. He plans to announce the February numbers at the Port of Tampa.

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.


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