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Florida unemployment falls in April, but state loses jobs

The seasonably adjusted unemployment rate fell to 8.7 percent in April, down from 9.0 percent in March. One year ago, the unemployment rate was 10.6 percent.

There were five Florida counties with unemployment rates higher than 10 percent, down from 10 in March.

However, there was some troubling news. The state lost 2,700 non-agriculture jobs over the month, even though that is less than 0.1 percent. And the report notes that Florida is growing jobs at half the rate of the United States, which has an unemployment rate of 8.1 percent.

Monroe County had the state's lowest unemployment rate in April at 4.8 percent. The Department of Economic Opportunity's announcement noted that counties with the highest proportion of government employees tend to have the lowest unemployment rates.

Flagler County had the highest unemployment rate: 11.6 percent.

Click here to read the full report from the Department of Economic Opportunity.

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