ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida's unemployment rate is once again going up slightly.
State officials on Friday announced the state's jobless rate was 4.9 percent in November -- the second straight month it's risen by 0.1 percentage points.
Florida's unemployment is now higher than the national rate of 4.6 percent. There were 482,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 9.8 million.
Still, Gov. Rick Scott announced that the state created 31,600 private sector jobs. He made the announcement at HostDime, a global data center provider of cloud-based products.
HostDime, which currently has 120 employees, recently broke ground on a new data center facility that will help create more jobs.
“I am proud to recognize HostDime’s commitment to investing in our state and their plans to create more than 50 new jobs for Central Florida families," Scott said. "Thanks to growing job creators like HostDime, the Orlando area continues to lead the state in job creation, adding more than 50,000 new jobs over the year.”
Monroe County had the state's lowest unemployment rate at 3.2 percent, followed by St. Johns County at 3.8 percent and Lafayette County at 4.1 percent.
Sumter County had the highest unemployment rate at 7 percent, followed by Citrus and Highlands counties at 6.8 percent.