Florida unemployment rate dips slightly in June

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's unemployment rate is now higher than the national rate.

The state's jobless rate in June was 6.2 percent. That's a slight dip from the previous month when it was 6.3 percent.

But the national unemployment rate is 6.1 percent. This is the first time in more than a year that Florida's rate is higher than the national rate.

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The good economic news is that the state led the nation in job growth according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Florida gained more than 37,000 jobs in June. That was a turnaround from the previous month when the state shed nearly 18,000 jobs.

Economists have said the state's economy is recovering but slowly.

The latest figures show there are nearly 600,000 people out of work in the state.

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