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Florida leads large states in private-sector job growth

Staff Writer |
Florida businesses had the fastest annual private-sector job growth rate of the 10 largest states in the nation.

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In the last year, Florida added 239,800 new private-sector jobs, the second-most in the nation.

Florida added 11,900 new jobs in the manufacturing industry over the last year, the most of any state.

Florida’s manufacturing, construction and professional and business services industries all led the nation in job gains in February.

Florida’s private-sector job growth rate of 3.3 percent is outpacing the nation’s at 1.8 percent.

Florida has led the nation in over-the-year manufacturing job gains for the last eight months, and Florida’s trade, transportation and utilities industry had the second-highest job gains among all states.

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