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Fla. Unemployment Rate Remains Flat At 7.1 Percent

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's unemployment rate is staying flat.

State officials announced Friday that the state's jobless rate has remained at 7.1 percent for the third straight month. The state rate, however, remains below the national unemployment rate of 7.4 percent.

Gov. Rick Scott has used the state's unemployment rate as part of his re-election pitch for next year. The rate the last three months is the lowest it has been since the jobless rate was 7 percent in September 2008.

State economists, however, released an analysis this summer showing a reason for the unemployment decline has been people leaving the labor force or delaying their search for a job.

The latest numbers show there are 665,000 people out of work in Florida.


Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida is releasing new unemployment numbers that could show whether or not the state's recovery has stalled.

The state's unemployment rate has been 7.1 percent for two straight months. New numbers will be released Friday.

ADP, a payroll provider, reported recently that Florida added 12,250 jobs in July.

Gov. Rick Scott has used the state's dropping unemployment rate as part of his re-election pitch for next year. The rate in May and June was the lowest since the jobless rate was 7 percent in September 2008.

State economists, however, released an analysis this summer showing a reason for the unemployment decline has been people leaving the labor force or delaying their search for a job.

Last month the state reported there were 665,000 people out of work in Florida.


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