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Jobless number holds at 3.4 percent for second straight month

Jobs, jobs, jobs: more strong numbers.

June was yet another month of strong job numbers for the state of Florida, the second straight month where the official unemployment rate was just 3.4 percent.

“Private-sector industries have the opportunity to expand because of Florida’s low taxes and reasonable regulations,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis. “We will keep working hard to ensure employers and workers are coming to Florida to achieve economic success.”

“Governor DeSantis continues to prioritize supporting businesses that are giving Floridians the opportunity to work,” said Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Ken Lawson. 

“We are traveling around the state and meeting with communities to learn more about how we can help businesses continue to make smart strategic investments in diverse industries and generate sustainable economic growth,” Lawson added.

“Outstanding news today from Governor Ron DeSantis and DEO on the continued health of Florida’s robust private-sector job market. Our low taxes, strong fiscal management, and business friendly regulations are why businesses continue to flock to the Sunshine State,” CFO Jimmy Patronis added.

“Florida is outpacing the national job growth rate and unemployment remains low. This month’s report is further proof that now more than ever, Florida remains open for business and ready to work,” Patronis said.

National numbers are likewise buoyant: the unemployment rate is just 3.7 percent, suggesting that Florida’s strength is yoked to national policies in addition to what is done in Tallahassee.

The state notes that Florida’s private-sector growth rate of 2.7 percent is well ahead of the national rate of 1.7 percent, with 11,500 private sector jobs created in June.

Jobs have been a focus of the current administration as they were with the previous administration, but the rollouts of these monthly reports have been a bit more low-key than under Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott made a habit of trumpeting these releases with local-market events. DeSantis, at least in his term’s first six months, has generally avoided that programming choice.

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