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Scott disappointed as Florida's unemployment climbs to 10.7 percent



Florida's unemployment has climbed from 10.6 percent to 10.7 percent, according to news this morning from the state Agency for Workforce Innovation

"It's disappointing that they didn't go down," Scott said in an interview this morning with the Times/Herald. "The positive is we're still doing about 9,000 a month. But we still have 900,000 people out of work. We need to keep working at it every day."

Couple quick notes on the numbers:

The 9,000 figure refers to the average monthly figure under since Scott has been in office. According to the workforce agency, Florida has added a net 64,300 jobs since January.

The state's unemployment had been announced as 10.6 percent in June, which meant it was holding steady from May. Those June figures have since been updated to 10.7 percent, the same as the estimates for July. Bottom line: Unemployment has ticked up this slightly summer.

[Last modified: Friday, August 19, 2011 11:35am]


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