Report: Florida trailed only California in adding private jobs last month

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Florida added a relatively strong 16,400 private-sector jobs last month, indicating it continues to outpace much of the country's economic growth, according to a report released Wednesday.

Only California (up 27,900 jobs) outperformed Florida, the ADP Regional Employment Report said.

The Sunshine State improved slightly from June with the majority of jobs, as is typical, in the service-producing sector.

Payroll processor ADP, working with Moody's Analytics, bases its estimates on worker payroll data. Unlike the monthly jobs reports from the U.S. Labor Department, it does not include government jobs added or lost.

However, it is widely viewed as a harbinger of the Labor Department's report, which is based on household and employer surveys. The government's figures for July will be released Aug. 19.

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