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Republicans account for 12 of the 14 House lawmakers who represent the FL counties with highest unemployment rates

The news this morning that Florida's unemployment rate dropped from 12 percent to 11.9 percent in January comes just hours before the Republican-led House is expected to muscle through a bill (HB 7005) that would pay for a business tax cut by reducing the benefits paid to out-of-work Floridians.

Here are the counties with the highest unemployment rates and the House lawmakers that represent those areas:

1.) Flagler: 16 percent (Proctor, R-St. Augustine; Costello, R-Ormond Beach)

2.) Hernando: 15.1 percent (Schenck, R-Spring Hill; Smith, R-Inverness)

3.) Hendry: 14.2 percent (Grimsley, R-Sebring)

3.) Marion: 14.2 percent (Baxley, R-Ocala; Perry, R-Gainesville; Chestnut, D-Gainesville; O'Toole, R-Lady Lake; Van Zant, R-Keystone Heights)

5.) St. Lucie: 14.1 percent (Harrell, R-Stuart; Snyder, R-Stuart; Mayfield, R-Vero Beach; Perman, D-Boca Raton)