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Florida's job recovery continues, unemployment at 7.5 percent



An excerpt from Jeff Harrington's report on the latest unemployment figures:

Florida's job recovery kept its momentum in March, with the state's unemployment rate tumbling to a four-and-a-half year low of 7.5 percent, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reported Friday morning.

That's down from a revised rate of 7.7 percent in February.

Florida added 32,700 jobs from February to March and is now up 141,300 jobs compared to a year ago.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, speaking at an event honoring a Naples manufacturer, said the latest numbers prove his jobs strategies are working. "In Florida, our economy is turning around because we focus every day on creating new jobs for our families," he said, noting the state has added 320,000 private sector jobs since he took office a little over two years ago.

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[Last modified: Friday, April 19, 2013 2:12pm]


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