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Florida Unemployment Rate Drops To 7 Percent

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's unemployment rate is now 7 percent.

The state of Florida released new numbers on Friday showing that the state's unemployment rate dropped .1 percent in August.

The rate had been flat at 7.1 percent for three straight months.

There are now an estimated 656,000 people out of work in the state.

Gov. Rick Scott has used the state's dropping unemployment rate as part of his re-election pitch for next year.

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.

Florida's unemployment rate is below the national average of 7.0 percent.


Associated Press Release

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

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

ADP, a payroll provider, reported last week that the state added 13,790 private sector jobs during the month of August

Gov. Rick Scott has used the state's dropping unemployment rate as part of his re-election pitch for next year.

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. Florida's unemployment rate has been below the national average.


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