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Florida economy adds jobs, but unemployment ticks upward

Florida Gov. Rick Scott
Florida Gov. Rick Scott
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Florida's economic machine continues to kick out jobs, but the number of Floridians applying for those jobs ticked upward in March.

According to the Orlando Sentinel on April 18, the state added 22,900 jobs in the month of March. But the state's unemployment rate ticked up slightly, to 6.3 percent over the same month.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is up for re-election this year, touted the mostly positive jobs picture while touring a power-systems engineering and design firm in the Orlando suburb of Winter Springs.

Scott has used the improving jobs picture to make his case for four more years in Tallahassee, touring all-around the state to tout the state's pro-business image. Scott ran on the platform of creating more jobs and strengthening the state's economy, and after a rocky first year in Tallashassee, it seems that the governor's hard work in improving the economic outlook in Florida is paying off.

Even though the statewide unemployment rate ticked upward, Metro Orlando's unemployment outlook continues to get better. The unemployment rate for the region dropped by one-tenth of a point to an even 6 percent for the month of March.

The return of the tourism industry and the growth in healthcare are the primary reasons for Central Florida's economic renaissance. Seminole County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the region, while Brevard County has the highest.

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