Florida’s jobless rate dips to 3.1%, lowest since 2006

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FILE – In this Oct. 3, 2017 file photo, job seeker Alejandra Bastidas fills out an application at a job fair at Dolphin Mall in Sweetwater, Fla. U.S. businesses added 219,000 jobs in July 2018, a private survey found, a robust total that suggests employers are still able to find the workers they need despite […]

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.1% last month, dipping to the lowest level in more than a decade.

The unemployment numbers were also down in the state’s largest metro areas and even lower than the statewide rate — 2.7% in Miami, 2.6% in Orlando, 2.7% in Tampa, 2.6% in Jacksonville and 2.7% in Pensacola.

Statewide, employers added nearly 202,000 private-sector jobs in November — the sixth consecutive monthly increase, the governor’s office said. The 2.6% increase in jobs eclipsed the national rate by a full percent.

Only twice in the past 40 years has the unemployment rate been as low. Florida’s unemployment rate slightly outpaced the national rate of 3.5% reported by the U.S. Bureau Labor Statistics.

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