Florida's unemployment rate rises to 8.8 percent
Florida's unemployment rate rose from 8.6 percent to 8.8 percent in July as the state's job creation efforts slipped into reverse.
The state lost 3,300 jobs over the month, according to figures released Friday morning by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
State officials focused on the positives, namely that job growth has been trending upward in year-over-year comparisons for the past two years. Although government jobs have been cut, the state has added more than 130,000 private sector jobs since December.
"While the unemployment rate can vary from month to month, Florida continues to see positive private sector job growth," said Governor Rick Scott. "My goal remains the same, to make Florida the number one business destination in the world by improving the state's economic climate, highlighting our talented and skilled workforce and getting Floridians back to work."