Florida’s unemployment rate declines to 9.4%

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The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) today announced Florida’s unemployment rate continued to decline in February 2012 dropping to 9.4 percent – the lowest since February 2009.  The February rate decreased 0.2 percentage point, and since Governor Rick Scott took office, the state’s unemployment rate has dropped 1.7 percentage points from 11.1 percent in December 2010.

“Florida’s drop in its unemployment rate and increase in private sector job creation continues to prove our state is definitely headed in the right direction,” said Governor Rick Scott. “The signing of my 2012 Jobs and Economic Development Package represents a significant step towards ensuring Florida is the best place in the nation to create, attract and retain jobs.”

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