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Tampa Bay ranks second in job gains

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By Michael Moline The Tampa Bay region posted strong numbers in the latest report by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, released Friday. The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area recorded 37,700 new jobs, a 3 percent increase compared to the same point last year. Only Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford posted stronger gains, at 4.1 percent. Of the 701,642 people in Hillsborough County’s labor force, 668,853 held jobs — for an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent. That compares to 5.3 percent at the same point in 2015. Pinellas County…

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Florida led nation in job growth in January

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Florida leads the nation in job growth according to new federal jobless reports. Florida’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 5 percent in January according to state officials. That’s higher than the national jobless rate of 4.9 percent. But the state did add 32,200 jobs that month. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that this was the highest number of jobs added by any state in January. Texas was second with 31,400 jobs added. Gov. Rick Scott announced the new…

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Florida jobless rate continues to dip slightly

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Florida’s unemployment rate is still continuing to dip slightly. The October unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, compared to 5.2 percent in the previous month. According to figures released Friday by the Department of Economic Opportunity, the state added 35,200 jobs last month. The jobless rate remains higher than the national rate of 5 percent with approximately 492,000 unemployed Floridians. Gov. Rick Scott touted the new job numbers a stop in Ponte Vedra Beach before a meeting with a private group…

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