Florida’s unemployment rate dipped to 7.1 percent in May, down from the April rate of 7.2 percent, and the lowest since September 2008, according to a video produced by Governor Rick Scott’s office.
“Each month we continue to distance ourselves from the national unemployment rate and it is clear we are succeeding in growing opportunities for Florida families to pursue the American Dream,” said Scott. “Once again, Florida’s unemployment rate is well below the national average. While Florida communities have experienced some incredible successes, we’ll continue working tirelessly to provide jobs to families across the Sunshine State.”
But, as the Tampa Bay Times‘ Aaron Sharockman noted on Twitter, the state actually lost 6,200 jobs in May.