Florida employers add 33,700 jobs in April, unemployment drops to 6.2 percent

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Florida added another 33,700 jobs in April, while the state’s unemployment rate dropped once again to 6.2 percent. Employers have now added 600,400 private sector jobs in the state since December 2010.

For the ninth consecutive month, the jobless rate has remained below the national rate, which also dropped to 6.3 percent for April, the strongest showing in over two years.

In a statement Friday, Gov. Rick Scott touted the April’s 0.1 percent drop in unemployment as “great news for Florida families,” noting 34 consecutive months of job growth.

“With Florida’s unemployment rate dropping to 6.2 percent, we’re succeeding in creating an opportunity economy,” Scott said. “We are another step toward making sure every Floridian who wants a job can get one.”

Florida’s labor force also increased for the fourth month in a row, reaching 9,608,000 in April. The labor-force participation rate — total labor force divided by the total civilian non-institutional population — crept up 0.2 percent to 60.7 percent in April, up from 60.5 percent in March.

“Florida’s economic turnaround is leading the nation,” said Department of Economic Opportunity head Jesse Panuccio. “Sound, pro-growth policies are making a difference for Florida families.”

Scott’s announcement also pointed out that April’s over-the-year job growth rate of 3.3 percent represents “the fastest annual job growth rate since March 2006,” while the annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since April 2012.

The report also revised March’s job creation numbers up by another 23,700.

Full April 2014 employment data is also available online.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.