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But the look at private-sector employment shows the state trailing California and Texas.

Job growth in Florida picked up in March, but it continues to trail the job-creating meccas of California and Texas, according to a regional employment report released Wednesday

Payroll processing company ADP estimated Florida added 14,580 private-sector jobs in March, with 11,260 of them in the service-providing side. By comparison, Texas added 28,650 jobs and California added 25,500 jobs.

Although the latest snapshot is an improvement for Florida compared with the past couple of months, it is below its 12-month pace and remains far shy of last December when the state churned out 25,000 new private-sector jobs.

The roundup, which tracks job growth in 29 states and the District of Columbia, underscored that some parts of the country are clearly outpacing others.

"There is a clear divergence between employment growth in the South and West versus the Midwest and Northeast," said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and head of the ADP Research Institute. "The harsh winter in the Northeast and Midwest was certainly a factor, but this trend has been evident for over a year."

Unlike the widely reported Labor Department monthly reports on jobs and the unemployment rate, the ADP analysis does not included jobs added or lost in state, local and federal government.

Florida's unemployment rate is currently 6.2 percent compared with a national jobless rate of 6.7 percent. The next statewide report for March unemployment and job creation is due April 18.