- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida is releasing the last round of unemployment numbers before Election Day.

Florida’s jobless numbers for September will be released on Friday.

The rate for much of this year has been flat. The rate for August was 6.3 percent, or higher than it was in the previous month.

The state’s rate currently is higher than the U.S. rate of 5.9 percent.

Economists say the rate has remained flat in 2014 because people are re-entering the job market due to an improving economy.

The unemployment rate is important for Gov. Rick Scott because he campaigned in 2010 on a pledge to add 700,000 jobs above normal growth.

Payroll provider ADP reported last week that the state added 12,560 private sector jobs during September. ADP’s survey is separate from the one conducted by government agencies.

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