Unemployment steady in state; up in NE Florida

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Florida added 2,100 private-sector jobs in July, but the state's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.2 percent.  Closer to home, the jobless rate was higher in every county in northeast Florida.

Florida also lost 1,600 jobs in July after leading the nation in job growth the previous month.

St. Johns had among the five lowest jobless rates in the state in July, while Flagler County has the second highest. (County-by-county unemployment rate table at bottom of this article.

New numbers released by the state Friday show that the jobless rate was matched the national unemployment rate amid signs that the state's economy continues a slow, but steady recovery from the depths of the Great Recession.

The state has added more than 208,000 jobs in the last year.

Economists have warned that as more people begin to seek jobs again, the state's unemployment rate was unlikely to drop as it had the previous three years.
Still, the flat numbers are a political setback for Gov. Rick Scott, who has made jobs a central part of his re-election campaign. He campaigned in 2010 on a pledge to add 700,000 jobs above normal growth over a seven-year period.

On Friday, Scott did not mention the overall monthly drop in jobs and highlighted instead that the number of private-sector jobs have increased overall.
"Every new job positively impacts a family, and today's announcement is more great news for Florida families looking to live the American dream in the Sunshine State," Scott said in a statement. "Florida continues to see positive job growth highlighting our economic recovery."
Florida currently has nearly 600,000 people out of work in the state.
An economic overview released last month by Florida's Office of Economic and Demographic Research predicted that "it will take a few more years to climb completely out of the hole left by the recession."

July 2014June 2014July 2013
Alachua County 5.7%5.3%6.0%
Baker County6.0%5.5%7.1%
Bradford County5.6%5.2%6.0%
Clay County5.9%5.5%6.4%
Columbia County6.8%6.3%7.1%
Duval County7.0%6.6%8.0%
Flagler County9.3%8.8%10.7%
Nassau County5.8%5.3%6.2%
Putnam County8.8%8.2%10.0%
St. Johns County 5.5%5.1%5.9%
Union County6.3%5.9%6.5%

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