Florida unemployment rate rose slightly at end of year

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By: Associated Press
January 19, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's unemployment rate is ticking up slightly.

State officials announced Friday that the unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in December. That's 0.1 higher than it was in November, but the rate in Florida remains lower than the national rate of 4.1 percent.

Florida lost more than 127,000 jobs after Hurricane Irma struck in September, but has seen job growth since then. Last month the state gained 27,400 jobs.

There are an estimated 374,000 jobless Floridians out of a workforce of 10.1 million people.

Florida has been a national leader in job growth in the last year. The state added 213,500 jobs since December 2016.

St. Johns County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.8 percent.

Hendry County had the highest unemployment rate at 6.5 percent.

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