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Florida unemployment in May falls to 7.1 percent

Fresh off a business trip to Paris, Gov. Rick Scott announced that unemployment fell slightly in May to 7.1 percent.

From today's story:

Gov. Rick Scott announced through a brief YouTube video Friday morning that Florida's unemployment rate has dropped to 7.1 percent in May, the lowest level since September 2008.

In April, the state's rate was 7.2 percent.

The state's job creation machine stalled, however, with the Florida labor force losing 6,200 jobs between April and May. The state is still up 122,500 jobs, or up 1.7 percent, compared to year-ago levels.

It's not unusual to have a disconnect between the unemployment rate and job creation numbers since they're drawn from two different monthly surveys. A household survey is used for calculating the jobless rate while employers are quizzed about the number of jobs added and lost every month.

Read more here.