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Florida ranks third in private-sector job growth despite decline, ADP report finds


State job creation falls, but still third in U.S.

Florida is creating fewer private sector jobs, yet it remains the third-biggest job generator in the country, according to a report from national payroll processing company ADP.

Florida added 12,560 private sector jobs in September, down from more than 17,000 added each of the past three months. ADP, which uses payroll data to estimate private job creation, said Florida remains far behind Texas (up 29,400 jobs) and California (up 27,160).

As with much of the recovery, the bulk of new jobs statewide are lower-paying service sector jobs. Among the various categories tracked, the only one to post a drop was manufacturing, down 530 jobs.

Unlike the monthly reports from the U.S. Labor Department, the ADP analysis does not include federal, state and local government jobs. The next report giving Florida's jobs and unemployment snapshot for September is due to be released Oct. 17.