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Rick Scott: Florida unemployment down to 4.1 percent

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Gov. Rick Scott announced the creation of more than 26,000 private-sector jobs in July, with the unemployment rate remaining at “the lowest rate in a decade, 4.1 percent.”

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Rick Scott: Florida unemployment lowest in decade

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Gov. Rick Scott said ‘let there be jobs’—and there were jobs. And the jobs numbers were good. In fact, in one key metric—the official unemployment rate—the numbers were the best in a decade. Florida’s unemployment rate “has dropped to its lowest rate in 10 years and nearly 18,000 new jobs were created for families across the state in June,” Scott said in a statement.

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Florida adds more than 15K private-sector jobs in August

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Florida added another 15,200 private sector jobs last month, according to a new report released by payroll company ADP. The ADP Regional Employment Report shows the Sunshine State increased by 14,100 service industry jobs and another 1,100 goods-producing jobs, split evenly between manufacturing and mining and construction. Professional and business services positions made up 4,000 of the new service industry jobs, while 4,200 trade, transportation, and utilities jobs were added in August. Florida’s gain was a slight dip from July,…

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California Dreamin’: Rick Scott heads west to seek jobs

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is heading west for a three-day California jobs jaunt that is drawing fire from Democrats. Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz says the governor on Sunday leaves on a trade mission to Los Angeles, San Jose and San Francisco where he is scheduled to meet with 13 companies. Scott will also participate in a panel discussion being hosted by the Milken Institute. This is the latest visit by the Republican governor to states run by Democrats. In those…

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Florida adds 20K jobs in February

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Florida added 20,200 jobs in February according to data released Wednesday by payroll company ADP. The total bested all but California in the Regional Employment Report and is an improvement of about 2,300 jobs over January numbers and 5,000 jobs over the February 2015 total. California, which has the largest population among the states, saw a gain of 29,200 jobs last month. Fellow large states Texas and New York followed with 19,300 jobs and 13,400 jobs, respectively. The breakdown shows…

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Today on Context Florida: Inmates & employment, health care cost, the Civil War and Key West Ambassador to Cuba

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Today on Context Florida: With more than 100,000 inmates behind bars, Dominic Calabro notes that Florida’s correctional population is among the largest in the United States. It costs an average of nearly $19,000 per year to house an inmate — more than three times the cost of in-state tuition at the University of Florida. More than 1 in 4 former prisoners are returned to prison within three years of release. Calabro says that allowing nonviolent prisoners who have paid their debt…

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New laws in 2016 show states are diverging on guns, voting

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 Laws taking effect at the start of the new year show states diverging on some hot-button issues. Restrictions on carrying guns eased in Texas, for example, but got tighter in California. It is easier to register to vote in Oregon, but there is another step to take at the polls in North Carolina. The opposing directions in the states reflect a nation with increasingly polarized politics. In the debate over gun control, both sides say their arguments are strengthened by…

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