Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jobless Rate in Florida Decreases; on the First Coast, Unemployment Level Drops to 4.5 Percent

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jobless Rate in Florida Decreases; on the First Coast, Unemployment Level Drops to 4.5 Percent

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Byline: Drew Dixon

More people were getting jobs in Florida and along the First Coast in December.

The latest unemployment figures released Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity show yet another drop in the jobless rates in the Sunshine State as it fell from 4.9 percent in November to 4.7 percent in December without seasonal adjustments. It follows a trend for most of the past year and for about three years that has seen decreasing rates.

The unemployment rate for the Northeast Florida area also fell - from 4.7 percent to 4.5 percent - which is lower than the state's rate, without seasonal adjustments. The First Coast jobless survey area includes Duval, St. Johns, Nassau, Clay and Baker counties.

Gov. Rick Scott's reaction Friday was expectedly upbeat.

"Florida is growing. Businesses in our state have created well over a million jobs in just over five years," Scott said in a statement. "Jacksonville, like the rest of our state, continues to grow. …

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