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REPORT: Nearly half of U.S. metro areas with largest drops in unemployment are in Florida
Meanwhile, Gov. Scott announces 320 new jobs on the way
Tallahassee – The U.S. Department of Labor released a report today showing that 13 of the 29 U.S. metro areas with at least 2 percentage point drops in unemployment are located in Florida.
Via the News Service of Florida:
Nearly half of the metro areas in the United States that saw their unemployment rate drop by more than 2 percentage points over the last year are in Florida, according to a U.S. Department of Labor report out Wednesday.
Unemployment rates were lower in October than a year earlier in 329 of the 372 metropolitan areas in the nation, higher in 37 areas, and unchanged in 6 areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Of the 29 metro areas with more than 2 percentage point drops, 13 were in Florida, led by the Ocala area, which saw a drop of 2.8 percentage points to 9.1 percent. That gave Ocala the third best year in the country in terms of putting people back to work, following Pascagoula, Miss. and Elkhart, Ind. [READ MORE]
Against the backdrop of that positive report, Governor Scott today made two new jobs announcements. Embraer is adding 200 new jobs in Melbourne, and ADT Corporation announced the addition of 120 new jobs in Boca Raton: