The unemployment rate in Florida remained at 3.9% of the workforce last March, the same figure recorded the previous month, which means that 400,000 people are unemployed in the state, which has a workforce of 10,193,000 workers.
These are some of the data released today by the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) of the state.
Florida Governor Rick Scott announced today at a press conference in Orlando (central Florida) that more than 1.5 million new jobs have been created in the private sector since December 2010.
Scott noted that the unemployment rate has fallen in the state 6.9 percentage points since December 2010, at a rate faster than the national average, which was 5.2 percentage points.
The national unemployment rate stood at 4.1% in March.
In the non-agricultural sector, a total of 8,716,800 jobs were registered in March, indicating that 13,800 new jobs were created (+ 0.2%) in March.
In South Florida, the unemployment rate shows variable figures with respect to the previous month: the county of Miami-Dade registered in March an unemployment rate of 5%; Broward, 3.5%, and Palm Beach County stood at 3.6%.
The highest rate of unemployment was registered in the counties of Sumter (5.4%) and Citrus (5.2%). The lowest, in the counties of St. Johns and Okaloosa, with 3% both.