Sunshine State Looks Bright For Job Growth

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By: Elizabeth Nickerson
June 21, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Unemployment dipped a tenth of a percentage point, to 7.1 percent last month-- the lowest its been since September of 2008.

The Bass Pro Shop in Tallahassee is slated to open this August. The store plans to hire 175 people. News like this is helping lower unemployment in the sunshine state.

Tallahassee resident, Patrician Mickens: "It's been tough for everyone, but as time goes by things gonna get better for everyone."

That's the feeling many more Floridians have-- hoping to have an easier time finding a job. Florida's 7.1 percent jobless rate remains below the national average of 7.6 percent.

Tallahassee resident: "People need to start thinking positively and don't give up... 45,000 other students looking for a job, so its been hard but you just have to be diligent."

The Florida Economic Estimating Conference says more than 300-thousand private sector jobs have been created in the state since 2010. The conference expects Florida to create more than 900-thousand jobs by 2018.

Tallahassee resident, Donnie Moy: "With the unemployment rate getting better it brings more people to the city and Florida benefits also, so yeah, that is a very good thing."

Another good thing, the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics reports Florida has gained the third highest number of jobs in the nation since last year.

Today's unemployment report also comes on the heels of online retail giant Amazon announcing a deal to create thousands of jobs in Florida.

That deal is expected to bring in 300 million in investments in the state.

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