Unemployment in Florida reaches its lowest level in 12 years

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Personas en busca de trabajo revisan anuncios de empleo colocados en la sala de espera de la oficina de empleo "Work Force" de la Florida central en la ciudad de Orlando (norte de Florida). EFE/Archivo


The unemployment rate in Florida stood at 3.3% last November, its lowest level in 12 years, said today the state governor, Rick Scott.

Last November the Florida private sector created 23,000 jobs, according to Scott, who will leave the Interior in January to assume a position as a senator in Washington.

Since December 2010 the unemployment rate has fallen by 7.5 percentage points, while the national average has been 5.6 points of decline.

According to figures provided by the Government, in 2017 116,000 people joined the workforce in Florida, which meant a growth of 1.1% compared to 2016.

Since December 2010, more than 1.67 million jobs have been created in the state, of which 251,200 in 2017.

The growth in job creation in Florida has surpassed the country’s average in 79 of the last 80 months, according to Scott, who said that the only month he was below was September 2017, due to the impact of Hurricane Irma.

The outgoing governor stressed that even if he leaves the post he will continue working in favor of what is “important for Floridians: education, employment and safe communities.”

Scott defeated Democrat Bill Nelson, who was hoping to be re-elected to Florida, in the Nov. 6 election.

In the governorship, another Republican will be supported by President Donald Trump as Scott: the lawyer and ex-combatant Ron DeSantis, who defeated Andrew Gillum, a Democratic candidate backed by former President Barack Obama.

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