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Florida businesses created more than 26,000 jobs in July

Staff Writer |
Florida businesses created 26,500 private-sector jobs across the state during July 2016, bringing the total number of jobs created in 2016 to 135,900.

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Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.3 percent is also exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.9 percent, for the 52nd consecutive month. Since December 2010, 1,160,700 private-sector jobs have been created in Florida.

The state’s unemployment rate remained at 4.7 percent in July, the lowest rate since November 2007.

Private-sector industries gaining the most jobs over the month in July were professional and business services with 12,100 new jobs; education and health services with 4,900 new jobs; and leisure and hospitality with 4,500 new jobs.

Florida job postings showed 253,146 openings in July 2016. In July, Florida’s 24 regional workforce boards reported more than 31,340 Floridians, including 1,513 veterans, were placed in jobs.

June’s employment numbers were also revised up in July to 13,400 new jobs.

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