Fla.'s Nov. unemployment rate drops to 8.1 percent

Published On: Dec 21 2012 07:46:26 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 21 2012 10:40:30 AM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Florida's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in four years.

State officials said on Friday that the November rate was 8.1 percent. That's down by 0.4 percentage point from October. And it's the lowest rate since November 2008, when Florida had 7.8 percent jobless rate.

That still left 760,000 Floridians out of work and the state's rate again topped the national figure, which was 7.7 percent for November.

Florida, though, has been steadily closing the gap in recent months.

“For many of Florida’s families during this holiday season there could be no greater gift than a regular paycheck,” said Governor Rick Scott in a release.  “Florida’s economy continues to improve as evidenced by the more than 24,000 Floridians that filled private-sector jobs created in November, for one of the largest over the month rate declines in more than 20 years. We’re now over 200,000 private-sector jobs created in the two years since I took office with the largest drop in unemployment in the country."

Scott has made job creation the hallmark of his administration.

Scott hailed the jobless report for giving more Floridians a paycheck for the holidays.

Polls, though, show the Republican governor's job approval rate still lagging below the 40 percent level.