Scott on Fla’s economy: “Clearly, we have turned the corner”by John Kennedy | December 16th, 2011
Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that the state’s new 10 percent unemployment rate for November is a sign that “clearly, we have turned the corner.”
The rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than a revised October rate and below the 11.9 percent posted in November 2010. In Palm Beach County, the jobless rate was 10.1 percent – slightly topping the statewide figure, but still down .2 percent from the previous month.
“That’s a real positive,” Scott said of the statewide decline.
Florida’s unemployment decline tracks what’s occuring nationally. Florida’s rate still is higher than the nation’s 8.6 percent November jobless level, which is also down .4 percent from a month earlier.
A total of 8,500 new jobs were added in Florida last month. Scott said that brings the total net new jobs for the year to more than 120,000.
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