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Florida's Unemployment Remains at 10.7%

For the 11th consecutive month, there has been an increase in the number of people who want to work finding a job.

However, Florida's unemployment rate held for the third month at 10.7 percent, according to the Agency for Workforce Innovation.

Overall, the state workforce grew by .1 percent, 9,900 jobs from July to August.

AWI Director Cynthia R. Lorenzo called this an optimistic sign for a state that remains above the national unemployment mark of 9.1 percent.

An increase of nearly 10,000 jobs since last month is another positive indication that Floridas employers are gaining confidence, people are getting back to work, and our state is making progress under Governor Scotts leadership, said AWI Director Cynthia R. Lorenzo. With the launch next month of the Department of Economic Opportunity, we are taking a bold step to position Florida as the No. 1 state in the nation to do business and create jobs.

Since the start of the year, the state had added 71,600 jobs.

A year ago, the unemployment rate was 11.6 percent.

According to the agency numbers, the counties with the highest unemployment rates remain Hendry (17.9 percent), Flagler (14.9 percent), Indian River (13.9 percent), Hernando (13.9 percent) and St. Lucie (13.7 percent).

The lowest unemployment rates are found in Monroe (6.7 percent), Walton and Liberty (both 7 percent).

The fields of leisure and hospitality had the largest growth, 5.1 percent, growing by 46,600 jobs between August 2010 and August 2011.

The biggest year to year drops were experienced in government (down 1.8 percent, -20,400 jobs) and construction (-5.1 percent, -17,600 jobs).

Workforce innovation credited the government decrease in part to the hiring of temporary U.S. Census workers in 2010.

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta, went on Twitter to declare that Floridas continued high unemployment number should be used as a cautionary reminder to opposed President Obamas jobs proposal.

Cant afford to repeat mistakes of past w/#Stimulus2.0, Rooney tweeted.

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