Florida Unemployment Continues to Fall
TALLAHASSEE (Florida News Network) -- Unemployment in the Sunshine State continues to decline, and job creation continues to inch ahead.
Florida added 7,800 new jobs in February, and the state's jobless rate was down again.
The unemployment rate for Florida is now 7-point-7 percent, the lowest since October of 2008.
February's unemployment report shows the state economy is still on the rebound as Florida has added 128 thousand over the past year.
The big winner: tourism. A third of those new jobs are in the field of leisure and hospitality.
There were also increases in trade, transportation, utilities, professional and business services and health care.
The biggest loser over the past year has been government.
There are 11,000 fewer jobs today, mostly because of staff cuts by local governments.
The numbers are good, but they also cost Gov. Rick Scott a talking point.
In the past, Scott was able to boast that Florida's unemployment rate was better than the national average.
That's not true anymore.
Thanks to the annual re-calibration of labor statistics, Florida is now tied with the national average.