TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Florida's unemployment rate remained flat at 7.1 percent in June.

Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday the unemployment rate has been unchanged since May, when the rate dropped 0.1 percent from the previous month.

The rate is, however, a significant drop from June 2012, when unemployment was 8.8 percent.

The actual number of jobs created in the state increased by 9,300.

In a statement, Scott's office noted the unemployment rate remains below the national average of 7.6 percent for the fourth consecutive month. Scott said the state's June unemployment rate will continue to contribute to a long-term trend of decreasing unemployment.

State economists released an analysis in June showing a key reason for the unemployment decline has been people leaving the labor force or delaying their searches for jobs.