Florida unemployment rate drops to 6.7% in October

Unemployment rate was 7% in August, Gov. Rick Scott says

Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:17:57 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 22 2013 10:31:56 AM EST

Florida's unemployment rate dropped from 7 percent to 6.7 percent in October, according to Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott on Friday officially announced the state's September and October unemployment rate, which is the lowest since August 2008. There are an estimated 625,000 people out of work in the state.

The U.S. unemployment rate is 7.3 percent, Scott said.

Federal statistics show that Florida had one of the largest growth in jobs across the nation. Scott said 46,000 jobs were created in October, which is the most jobs created in one month since Scott took office.

Scott tweeted, "we still have more work to do to diversify our economy & create jobs for generations to come."

In Central Florida, the unemployment rate is 5.9 percent, which is the lowest since June 2008, according to Workforce Central Florida. The region includes Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Sumter counties. Out of a labor force of 1,201,323, there were 71,361 unemployed residents in the region, statistics show.

Osceola County’s unemployment rate (6.6 percent) was the highest of the counties, according to Workforce Central Florida. The unemployment rates in the other counties were: 6.5 percent in Lake County, 5.9 percent in Orange County, 5.5 percent in Sumter County, and 5.4 percent in Seminole County.

The September numbers were not released last month due to the partial federal government shutdown.

Scott has used the state's dropping unemployment rate as part of his re-election pitch for next year.

State economists, however, released an analysis this summer showing a reason for the unemployment decline has been people leaving the labor force or delaying their search for a job.