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Florida ends 2015 with solid job growth in December

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The Sunshine State closed out 2015 with a gain of 23,800 jobs in December, according to a report released Wednesday by payroll company ADP.

Most of the new jobs were in the service industry, with 2,300 jobs added in the goods-producing sectors. The industry breakdown shows 9,500 jobs went to professional and business services; 3,300 jobs were added in the trade, transportation and utilities sectors; and there were 1,300 new manufacturing jobs for the month.

The numbers beat all other states tracked by ADP except California and Texas, which added 30,500 and 26,500 jobs, respectively. The December total also improved from November, when 20,500 jobs were added, and improves on December 2014 by 1,800 jobs.

The South was once again the best-performing region in the report, with 99,000 jobs added across 17 states. The West added 70,000 jobs, followed by the Midwest with 46,000 jobs. The Northeast, buoyed by 10,500 new jobs in New York, added 28,000 jobs across 10 states in the region.

The ADP Regional Employment Report, produced with help from Moody’s Analytics, is based on data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as well as the payroll company’s in-house data. The next report, covering January, is scheduled for release Feb. 10.

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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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