Florida's unemployment rate fell from 8.8 percent in August to 8.7 percent in September, marking the first time in three months that the rate dropped, the Department of Economic Opportunity said Friday.
Sectors adding jobs included education and leisure. Construction also added jobs, up by about 4,200 to 313,200, though that is below the number in September 2011 and is way down from the mid 2000s building boom.
The government sector, one of the hardest hit, lost jobs again, shedding about 2,700.
Net nonagricultural jobs added in Florida in September. About 808,000 people remained out of work.
Additional people in the workforce in September, a sign that more people might be coming off the sidelines to look for work.
Jobs added since September 2011. States with larger increases: Texas (262,700), California (262,000), New York (125,000), Ohio (88,700) and Indiana (65,100).
Percent unemployed in North Dakota (lowest in the country) and Nevada (highest). Twelve states have rates higher than Florida's.