Fla. unemployment rate drops to 6.4 percent

Numbers could show whether economy picking up momentum

Published On: Dec 20 2013 09:52:03 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 20 2013 06:32:37 PM EST
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ORLANDO, Fla. -

Florida's unemployment rate keeps dropping.

Florida's unemployment rate for November was 6.4 percent. In October, the state's jobless rate was 6.4 percent.

This is the lowest that Florida's unemployment rate has been since July 2008. The national unemployment rate is 7 percent.

The new figures show that the state added 6,100 jobs last month. Nearly 600,000 people in the state are out of work.

Gov. Rick Scott has contended the state's unemployment rate is dropping due to his policies.

But state economists have said another reason for the decline is that people were leaving the labor force or had delayed their job search.