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State Unemployment Up Slightly

December 21st, 2007 by flanews

Florida’s unemployment rate was up just slightly in November.  The seasonally adjusted rate was 4.3 percent, an increase of 0.1 percent over October.  The national unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in November 2007.  Rebecca Rust with the the Agency for Workforce Innovation says Florida needs to attract and keep workers in high technology industries.

“The occupations that are growing most rapidly right now are IT, anything internet provided, computer-related, and also the medical industry,” Rust said.  “Those are the occupations that are growing fastest at the current time.  And those remain strong even when the economy slows down.”

Florida had the third lowest unemployment rate of the ten most populous states.  It also has been below the national average since mid-2002.

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