Wednesday, April 18, 2018
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Florida businesses add fewer jobs in October

October's big slowdown in jobs hit Florida hard.

Florida added only 8,580 private sector jobs last month, roughly half as many as in September, according to a regional report Wednesday from payroll processor ADP.

Overall, U.S. businesses added just 130,000 jobs in October, in part because the 16-day partial government shutdown slowed an already-weak job market. But compared to its top job-creating peers, California and Texas, Florida was hit hardest. California businesses added 19,080 jobs and Texas was up 14,200 jobs.

In one bright spot, lower-paying service jobs didn't dominate. About 4,360 of the new jobs were in the goods-producing sector compared to 4,220 in the service sector. In a rare showing, natural resources/mining and construction was top among select industries, growing by 3,580 jobs.

The ADP report could be a hint of what's to come in the broader unemployment report compiled by the government, which comes out Friday. Unlike ADP, U.S. Department of Labor unemployment statistics also include jobs lost and gained in all levels of government.

Because of the government shutdown, there was no release of state data last month. Statistics for job creation in Florida and the state's unemployment rates for both September and October are being released together Nov. 22. Economists and other job watchers will have to wait until Dec. 5 for metro and county details for both months.

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