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Florida adds nearly 15K jobs in June

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The Sunshine State added 14,700 private sector jobs last month according to a new report released by payroll company ADP.

The performance is slightly down from May, when Florida added 17,100 jobs and is down nearly 7,000 jobs from June 2015, when the state added 21,400 new private sector jobs.

Still, Florida’s numbers bested all other states tracked in the report except California, which saw a gain of 26,900 jobs in June. Fellow large states Texas and New York each saw gains of 10,700 jobs, while Illinois topped Midwestern states with 7,400 new jobs.

The majority of Florida’s new jobs headed into the service industry, while 2,100 headed to goods-producing sectors.

According to the industry breakdown, the state added 3,700 professional and business services jobs, 1,300 manufacturing jobs, 1,200 trade, transportation and utilities jobs and 700 natural resources, mining and construction jobs.

Regionally, the South and the West tied with 53,000 jobs each, followed by the Northeast with 34,000 jobs and the Midwest with 32,000.

The tie marks the first time the South has not been the top performer since April 2015, when Western states added 55,000 jobs compared to 54,000 for Southern states.

The ADP Regional Employment Report is produced with help from Moody’s Analytics and combines government jobs data with the company’s in-house payroll data. The next report, covering July, is scheduled for release Aug. 10.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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