Florida jobless rate plummets
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in four years.
State officials said on Friday that the November rate was 8.1 percent. That's down by 0.4 percentage point from October. And it's the lowest rate since November 2008, when Florida had 7.8 percent jobless rate.
That still left 760,000 Floridians out of work and the state's rate again topped the national figure, which was 7.7 percent for November.
Florida, though, has been steadily closing the gap in recent months.
That's been good news for Gov. Rick Scott, who has made job creation the hallmark of his administration.
Scott hailed the jobless report for giving more Floridians a paycheck for the holidays.
Polls, though, show the Republican governor's job approval rate still lagging below the 40 percent level.
The jobless rate for counties across Southwest Florida are running higher than the state average except in Collier County which saw a dramatic month to month drop.
November 2012 October 2012
Collier 7.8% 8.5%
Lee 8.3% 8.5%
Charlotte 8.4% 8.5%
DeSoto 8.7% 9.4%
Glades 9.0% 9.1%
Hendry 11.6% 12.6%