Fla. Unemployment Rate Continues to Fall

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's seasonally adjusted unemployment dipped to its lowest level in more than four years in February when it dropped to 7.7 percent.

It's the lowest jobless rate in Florida since October 2008 when unemployment stood at 7.4 in the state.

There were 729,000 jobless Floridians in February when the state's unemployment rate was 7.7 percent was the same as the national rate.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott successfully campaigned on creating 700,000 new jobs in Florida over a seven-year span and has made that the primary issue of his administration.

The Department of Economic Opportunity reported Friday that 128,100 jobs have been added in Florida over the past year with the leisure and hospitality industry leading the way with more than 41,000 new jobs.


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