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Report: Florida led nation in private-sector jobs growth last month

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Florida added 15,800 private sector jobs during October, more than any other state, according to the monthly ADP Regional Employment Report released Wednesday.

That number represented 0.22 percent growth over September, and a nearly 11 percent share of national jobs growth.

The services sector predominated, creating 13,800 non-farm jobs, compared to 2,000 in the goods-producing sector.

The professional and business services category saw 3,400 new jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities, 2,500; manufacturing, 1,700; and natural resources, mining, and construction, 300.

The South led the nation, producing 60,000 new jobs, compared to 41,000 in the West and 23,000 each in the Northeast and Midwest.

Texas produced 14,800 new jobs, and California 13,500.

The nation as a whole created 147,000 new non-farm jobs.

ADP LLC collaborated on the report with Moody’s Analytics Inc.

Michael Moline is a former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal and managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal. Previously, he reported on politics and the courts in Tallahassee for United Press International. He is a graduate of Florida State University, where he served as editor of the Florida Flambeau. His family’s roots in Jackson County date back many generations.

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