Florida added 9,000 new jobs during the month of June while the unemployment rate held steady, remaining at 8.6 percent, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity.

Last month's rate is the lowest unemployment figure since December 2008.

New data from Tallahassee shows Florida continued to see “positive job growth” in June, and a total of more than 127,000 private-sector jobs have been created since December 2010.

“In the month of June, 9,000 more Floridians got new jobs and were able to receive a paycheck to help provide for their families,” said Governor Rick Scott in a release. “The changes we’re making each day are benefiting those looking for work and helping businesses recognize what a talented workforce we have here in Florida.”

Florida’s job growth rate over the year has been positive for 23 consecutive months, after losing jobs for three straight years.

In the news release issued Friday the DEO sighted several “positive” workforce trends:

• Florida’s number of unemployed remains below 800,000
• Florida’s unemployment rates have declined year over year for 19 consecutive months
• Florida’s unemployment rate has declined month over month for 11 of the past 12 months
• Florida’s job growth rate has been positive year over year for 23 consecutive months

The DEO reports Florida job postings compiled by Help Wanted On-Line increased over the year compared to June 2011” by 15,385 openings (+6.3 percent) and totaled more than 258,000. The most openings were in medical, IT, sales, and administrative support-related occupations.”

To view the June 2012 monthly employment data visit:
www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

For resources for employers and job seekers, you can check visit www.floridajobs.org.