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Florida loses 2,600 jobs in January, but unemployment rate falls to 6.1 percent

Florida’s jobless rate fell to 6.1 percent in January, the lowest since June 2008, despite shedding 2,600 jobs that month, according to new statistics released Monday by the Department of Economic Opportunity.

Gov. Rick Scott, however, continued to accentuate the positive in the jobs figures, touting the 500,000 private-sector jobs created during his tenure, which began in January 2011. Despite the monthly job loss, Florida has added 192,800 jobs since January 2013, a growth rate of 2.6 percent. That outpaces the national job growth rate in that time of 1.7 percent. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 6.6 percent in January.

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