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Florida unemployment rate steady at 4.7 percent

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Florida’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.7 percent in July, despite the creation of 26,500 new private-sector jobs, state officials announced Friday. Out of a labor force of more than 9.7 million Floridians, 456,000 could not find work. Gov. Rick Scott noted that July marked the 52nd consecutive month that Florida job growth outpaced the national level, which grew by 1.9 percent compared to 3.3 percent for the state. Florida created 135,900 new jobs thus far this year, he said,…

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Marco Rubio tweeks Charlie Crist over support of stimulus

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Marco Rubio twee(ks)ts in: “Florida unemployment now highest since 1975. The stimulus package my opponent supported is really working well, isn’t it?” As blogger Adam Graham points out, it sure doesn’t sound like Rubio is still considering leaving the race. If he was, he’d play nicer. But it still looks like he’s playing for keeps.

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