Florida’s jobless rate continues to be an ally for Gov. Rick Scott.
In the latest employment figures released today, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in February remained at 6.2 percent.
Although the state added 33,400 jobs in February, the total number of jobless Floridians jumped slightly to 588,000, up from 583,000 in January.
According to the governor’s office, the unemployment numbers have actually held steady from the revised January 2014 rate of 6.2 percent, making it the seventh consecutive month Florida’s statewide unemployment rate stayed below the national jobless rate of 6.7 percent in February.
Unemployment in Florida is now at the lowest rate since June 2008.
Scott was quick spread the good news. In a statement released Friday, he claimed February had the largest job creation numbers since becoming governor.
“It is clear that businesses are growing and creating more jobs and opportunities for Floridians,” he said.
Florida’s labor force in February was 9,515,000, defined as employment plus those without a job but actively seeking work. The labor participation rate, as part of the total population, was 60.2 percent, up 0.3 percent from January’s 59.9 percent.
In a video, Scott praised the newest employment numbers: