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Florida unemployment rate drops to 6 percent in October, according to latest state figures


TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Florida added the third highest number of jobs in the nation last month, which helped drive down the state's unemployment rate a notch.

The jobless rate to fell to 6 percent for October, a dip from the previous month.

The Sunshine State added more than 34,000 jobs, which trailed only California and Texas, according to new numbers posted on Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state has added nearly 207,000 jobs in the past year.

Gov. Rick Scott, who had made job creation a centerpiece of his re-election effort, announced the new jobs numbers during a visit to the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.

He called the latest numbers "great news as we continue our work to ensure that every Floridian who wants a job can get one."

"It is clear that we are succeeding in creating an opportunity economy that supports families," Scott added in a statement.

Florida's current unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since June 2008 although it remains higher than the national rate of 5.8 percent.

There are still an estimated 578,000 Floridians out of work.

When he first ran in 2010, Scott promised to create 700,000 jobs over a seven-year period on top of the normal expected growth of 1 million jobs.

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