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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Florida unemployment rate inches up to 6.3 percent

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June

Florida's job numbers are a bit worse this month:

Florida's jobs market took a spring swoon, according to figures released early Friday from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

The unemployment rate in May rose slightly to 6.3 percent, up from 6.2 percent a month earlier, as the state lost a sizeable 17,900 jobs.

Year over year, though, Florida still has 218,800 more jobs than a year ago, or up 2.9 percent.

Tampa Bay, meanwhile, saw its jobless rate jump from 5.9 percent to 6.2 percent as it lost 5,900 jobs.

A year ago, Tampa Bay was leading the state among metros in job creation. Now, with 22,700 jobs created year-over-year, it ranks fourth behind Orlando, Miami-Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Jacksonville, up 21,000 jobs since last May, is nipping at its heels.

Shortly after the DEO news was posted online, Gov. Rick Scott issued a news release that, unlike typical monthly statements, downplayed the drop in jobs and did not mention the increase in the unemployment rate in May.

Read more here.

[Last modified: Friday, June 20, 2014 11:10am]

    

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