Florida jobless rate drops to 7.2% in April

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Florida's unemployment rate dropped another 0.3 percent in April, bringing the jobless rate 7.2 percent -- the lowest in the state since September 2008.

The rate in most Northeast Florida counties is even lower. (See chart at end of story.)

The state says 16,700 new private sector jobs added last month and the unemployment rate has dropped 3.9 percent from April 2012.

The jobless rate dropped in every Northeast Florida county, most of which have rates lower than the state average.  Alachua and St. Johns counties have among the five lowest rates in Florida.

Putnam and Flagler counties continue to rank among the top three places in the state to find a job.

The new figures were announced on a new Twitter account -- @ItsWorkingFL -- set up by the administration of Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott called the latest figures "great news for Florida families." He touted the numbers during a Friday stop at a Tampa manufacturing firm where the governor also signed into law a tax cut for manufacturing companies.

"Growing jobs is our top priority and this legislative session we eliminated barriers on manufacturers to ensure Florida is a top destination for manufacturing jobs," Scott said in a statement Friday morning. "It is clear that our policies to create jobs for Florida families and attract new and expanding businesses to Florida is working."

April 2013 March 2013 April 2012  
Alachua County4.8%5.1%6.2%
Baker County6.2%6.6%8.2%
Bradford County5.4%5.6%6.9%
Clay County5.7%6.0%7.6%
Columbia County6.2%6.4%7.8%
Duval County6.8%7.0%8.5%
Flagler County9.3%9.5%11.2%
Nassau County5.5%5.7%7.2%
Putnam County9.0%9.3%10.3%
St. Johns County    5.1%5.4%6.7%
Union County5.6%5.9%6.9%

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