- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida’s unemployment rate is staying the same.

State officials on Friday announced that the state’s jobless rate was 4.7 percent in June. That’s the same rate as it was in May, although it’s lower than the national jobless rate of 4.9 percent.

Florida added 9,800 jobs in June. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics listed 10 other states that added more jobs.

Gov. Rick Scott announced the jobless numbers during a stop at Port Tampa Bay where port officials announced the commission of cranes designed to help the port handle larger boats now moving through the Panama Canal.

In his statement, Scott emphasized the total number of private sector jobs added since January not the June slowdown.

Monroe County, home to Key West, had the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 3.1 percent. Hendry County had the highest at 10 percent.


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