Survey says Fla. continued to add jobs in August

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida continues to add jobs, according to a new employment survey.

Payroll provider ADP reported Wednesday that the state added 13,790 private sector jobs during the month of August. ADP's survey is separate from the one that is conducted by government agencies that comes out next week.

ADP stated that Florida's overall job growth numbers were among the highest in the nation behind Texas. The survey showed that the growth was largely in service jobs.

ADP's survey also showed a slight decline in manufacturing jobs.

The survey numbers were released the same day that Gov. Rick Scott contended his push to eliminate sales taxes charged on manufacturing equipment was partially responsible for a decision by a company to expand operations in Jacksonville.

Florida's unemployment rate in July was 7.1 percent.

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