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Florida adds 14,400 private jobs in January, down from December

After a strong finish in 2014, Florida added 14,400 private sector jobs in January, according to a report released Wednesday.

The state remains the third-best job creator in the country behind California (up 35,400 jobs) and Texas (up 25,800 jobs), according to the report, which payroll-processing company ADP releases monthly.

Last month's totals are about a third less than the 21,700 positions Florida produced in December.

The South had a surge of about 86,000 private jobs in January and led the country in job creation. Shortly behind was the West, with 66,000 new private positions.

About 97 percent of Florida's new positions were in the lower-paying service sector, while the remainder were goods-producing. Among select industries, trade and transportation had 2,500 new positions, business services had 2,300, manufacturing had 600, and natural resources and construction had 800.

ADP collects its numbers from company payroll data with the help of Moody's Analytics. This report does not include government jobs.

Contact Rachel Crosby at rcrosby@tampabay.com or 813-226-3400. Follow @rachelacrosby.

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