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State and Local Unemployment Rates Continue to Fall

TALLAHASSEE (by Rick Flagg/FLA. NEWS NETWORK) -- Good news and bad news in the latest report on Florida's job market. 

Cissy Proctor at the Department of Economic Opportunity says the good news is that the unemployment rate was down again in February.

"We see an eight-year low in our unemployment rate," she said. "We're sitting at 4.9 percent this month."

The bad news is that job growth took a hit. 

The Sunshine State has been averaging more than 20 thousand new jobs every month, but there were only 59-hundred in February. However, all 24 metro areas had job gains, led by the Orlando, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale areas.

Most of the new jobs were in government...not the private sector.

The Gainesville area again has the state's lowest unemployment rate, falling from a revised 4.5 percent in January to 4.0 percent in February. Ocala/Marion County's rate is now 5.7 percent, down 1.0 percent from February 2015.