Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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Report shows Florida's job creation improves in September

The monthly government snapshot of job creation and unemployment is one of the victims of the semi-shutdown of the federal government. But number-crunchers outside the government are still pumping out estimates — figures that make September look like a relatively strong month for Florida's economy.

Florida added 16,640 jobs in the private sector last month, second only to Texas, according to a regional report Wednesday from payroll processor ADP. California, which had previously trumped Florida, slipped into third place.

It was a strong rebound from June, when Florida added only 12,250 private sector jobs, roughly a third of the job tally for California.

As in previous months, Florida continues to rely heavily on service sector jobs, which tend to pay less. More than 13,000 of the new jobs in September were service producing, compared with 3,500 goods-producing jobs.

Singling out a few industries, ADP estimated that Florida added 2,840 jobs in natural resources/mining and construction; 2,970 in professional and business services; 4,310 in trade, transportation and utilities; and 690 in manufacturing.

In the big picture, ADP estimated that the country added just 166,000 private sector jobs in September, only slightly more than in each of the previous two months.

The relatively tepid job creation, paired with a high number of discouraged workers who are not actively looking for a job, continues to mute the economic recovery.

In August, the last time the government released statistics, the national unemployment rate stood at 7.3 percent, while Florida's rate was slightly better at 7 percent.

Unlike the ADP report, the U.S. Department of Labor unemployment statistics include jobs lost and gained in government. Florida is tentatively scheduled to release its jobs report based on Labor Department data on Oct. 18, but that won't happen if the shutdown persists, state officials said.

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