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Florida’s unemployment rate remains at five percent even -- unchanged from January to February. But the numbers appear to be at loggerheads when it comes to actual jobs.

The jobless figure remains constant, despite the loss of five thousand jobs last month – which may be an indication that Florida’s economic recovery is losing some steam. At the Department of Economic Opportunity, Director Cissy Proctor says they’re looking at the big picture.

Florida’s unemployment rate took another dive, from 5.1% in January to 4.9% last month, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity.

Similar drops were seen in the western Panhandle.

That 4.9 figure translates to 484,000 jobless Floridians, out of a 9.8 million member labor force. It also equals the national figure and it’s at an eight-year low.

DEO Director Cissy Proctor says the lone sector with job loss over the past year is information. But, Proctor says there was a bit of a comeback in that area from January to February.

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Florida's unemployment rate continues to nudge down slightly from November to December, from 5.1% to 5% even. It’s the lowest figure in seven years, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity.

The state added nearly 22,000 jobs last month, but there remained 487,000 people out of work, about a thousand higher than the previous month. In December, Florida’s two dozen regional workforce boards reported nearly 35,000 were placed in jobs.

Susan Nelms, Director of CareerSource EscaRosa, said their job openings are across the board in almost all fields.

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  The Pensacola metro area’s unemployment rate dropped from 5.5% in September, to 4.8% last month, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity.

3,900 new jobs were added in the Pensacola area during that span, part of the nearly 37,000 statewide – the highest one-month total for jobs added in a decade. DEO Director Jesse Panuccio says they’re spread out over a number of sectors.

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  Florida’s jobless rate continues to nudge slowly downward, to what’s being called the lowest mark in seven years.

The unemployment rate went from 5.4% in August to 5.2 last month, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity. So, what’s fueling the decline? DEO Director Jesse Panuccio has a simple answer: job growth.

“We’re seeing across the state – virtually every region – strong job growth,” said Panuccio. “We’ve been hovering, sort of year over year, a job growth rate of around four percent. This month it was 3.4% -- another 8,700 private-sector jobs added.”

Florida's unemployment dropped slightly last month June, as the state added about 7,000 jobs according to the Department of Economic Opportunity.

“Today I’m excited to announce that in four years and six months, the state of Florida, the businesses in our state, have added 896,000 jobs,” said Gov. Rick Scott, who made the announcement at ODC Construction in Orlando, where 200 new jobs have been created over the past four years.

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Florida’s unemployment rate has ticked up to 5.7% – a slight rise from April despite jobs added statewide in that period, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity.

Despite adding about 4,000 jobs, unemployment was up in the western Panhandle; Escambia County rose from 5.3% in April to 5.7%, Santa Rosa, 4.6% to 4.8%, and Okaloosa County from 4.3% to 4.6%.

DEO Secretary Jesse Panuccio said jobless rates were also up in the two local metropolitan areas. Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent jumped from 5.1%-5.4%; Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin went from 4.4% to 4.6%.

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New figures released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity show the state’s unemployment rate dropped slightly from January to last month.

Gov. Rick Scott made the announcement Friday morning at Norris Sports Group in Naples.

“In the month of February we added 14,900 private-sector jobs,” said Scott. “What’s going on in Florida, is we have employment. We’re down to 5.6% unemployment. We’ve added in four years and two months 807,000 jobs.”

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Florida’s unemployment rate held steady from December to January at 5.7 percent. Heading into Governor Rick Scott’s second term, the focus is on private sector job growth.

According to the Department of Economic Opportunity, January’s figure translates to 551,000 Floridians considered unemployed, from a work force of 9.7 million. But DEO Chief Jesse Panuccio says that’s not the whole story.

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If you wondered why you spent a little more time in line at attractions last year, or it took a bit longer to find an unoccupied spot at the beach, the numbers are in to explain.

Almost 4%  more people came to the Sunshine State in 2014 over the previous year, according to figures released by Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing arm. That’s inching closer to an annual goal sought by Gov. Rick Scott.

“This is a great day: 97.3 million tourists,” said the Governor. “I look forward to passing 100 million tourists.”

Florida's unemployment rate continued to drop in December, according to the new figures released by the Department of Economic Opportunity.

The state jobless rate dropped from 5.8% in November to 5.6% last month. That matches the national unemployment figure. DEO Commissioner Jesse Panuccio says in the western Panhandle, the numbers and job growth reflect the statewide trends and then some.

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International Paper plans to spend more $90 million to upgrade its Cantonment plant’s energy efficiency along with its production of containerboard and fluff pulp that’s used for packing materials.

According to a news release from IP, the five-year commitment will be supported by roughly $5 million in grants and infrastructure improvements. Currently, the plant,which opened in 1941 and was acquired by IP in 2000, has a workforce of about 400 and pumped about $330 million into the local economy last year.

New numbers from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity show that the state's unemployment rate edged up slightly in May to 6.3%. That translates to about 606,000 jobless Floridians.

The bump in the rate, from April’s 6.2% mark, was not totally unexpected. Economists had projected it to grow slightly, as more people began seeking work as the economic recovery continues. DEO Executive Director Jesse Panuccio says concentrate on the big picture.

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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest report from the U.S. Labor Department regarding the number of Americans filing for first-time jobless claims. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 32,000 to a seasonally adjusted 300,000 for last week. That was the largest decline since December 2012, and marked the lowest level since May 2007.

The watchdog group Integrity Florida is out with a study of the Department of Economic Opportunity’s attempts to lobby the Legislature for one billion dollars through 2020. The cash would be used for movies, TV shows, video games and other entertainment industry productions.

Television’s “Burn Notice,” the movie “Dolphin Tale” and the Madden football video game are produced in Florida.

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