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Florida Jobless Rate Dips to 7.1 Percent

June 21, 2013

Florida's unemployment rate dipped to 7.1 percent in May, down slightly from April's rate of 7.2 percent and lower than it has been since September 2008.

Over the month, total employment fell, as the state lost 6,200 jobs. Over the year, however, total employment is up by 122,500, an increase of 1.7 percent.

In Metro Orlando, unemployment rose slightly from 6.4 percent in April to 6.6 percent in May. Last year at this time, the jobless rate here was 8.4 percent.

Statewide, there are 671,000 jobless in a labor pool of about 9.4 million. The state's jobless rate is now half-a-percentage lower than the national average of 7.6 percent.

Source: (c)2013 The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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