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Gov. Scott kicks off million-job, billion-tax-cut tour in Jacksonville

Governor also announces January unemployment rate in Florida

Jacksonville, Fla. – As January's Florida job report was released Monday, Gov. Rick Scott launched his Million, Billion Jobs Victory Tour at Total Quality Logistics in Jacksonville.

The state said 36,000 jobs were created in January, bringing Florida's unemployment rate to 5 percent -- the same as announced last month, but that was revised up to 5.1 percent. It is the lowest jobless rate in eight years. 

Over the past year, jobs in construction have grown 7.3 percent, professional and business services have grown 5.5 percent, and positions in the leisure and hospitality fields are up 4.5 percent, according to the state Department of Economic Opportunity.

While the statewide jobless rate remained the same, the rate in every northeast Florida county actually increased in January over the previous month. 

St. Johns County's 3.8 percent unemployment rate was the second-lowest unemployment rate in the state -- 3.8 percent -- while Putnam County's 6.6 percent rate was the sixth highest in the state. (See county-by-county breakdown below)

Scott used the occasion to celebrate over 1 million jobs created since December 2010, and over $1 billion in tax cuts over the last two years.

“The Jacksonville area added more than 25,000 new jobs and unemployment dropped to 4.9 percent, which means more Floridians are able to provide for their families," Scott said during his Jacksonville stop.

After Jacksonville, Scott made visited Orlando, St. Petersburg, Fort Myers and Miami on Monday.

  January 2016   December 2015   January 2015  
Alachua County  4.5% 4.0% 5.1%
Baker County 4.9% 4.6% 6.1%
Bradford County  4.6% 4.3% 5.4%
Clay County 4.7% 4.3% 5.6%
Columbia County  5.1% 4.6% 6.2%
Duval County 5.2% 4.8% 6.2%
Flagler County 5.8% 5.5% 6.9%
Nassau County 4.8% 4.4% 5.8%
Putnam County 6.6% 6.2% 8.4%
St. Johns County    3.8% 3.5% 4.4%
Union County 5.6% 4.3% 5.7%