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 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida's unemployment rate is edging up slightly.

 

  New numbers released Friday show that the state's unemployment rate in May was 6.3 percent. That's slightly higher than April figure and for the first time in many months the state's jobless rate matches the national jobless rate.

 

  There are roughly 606,000 jobless Floridians.

 

  The bump in the rate is not totally unexpected. Economists had expected it to grow slightly as more people start seeking work as the economic recovery continues.

 

  But Florida also lost nearly 18,000 jobs last month. 

 

  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said that was the steepest drop in jobs in the nation.

 

  Gov. Rick Scott has made job creation a main point in his re-election campaign.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ New unemployment numbers for Florida are coming out.

 

  The May jobless numbers are scheduled to be released on Friday. The rate was 6.2 percent in April, and it has remained the same for all but one month this year. 

 

  Florida's unemployment rate is just below the national unemployment rate.

 

  The state did gain 34,000 jobs in April. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the strong job growth helped Florida have the third-highest gains in the nation, trailing only Texas and California.

 

  Payroll provider ADP reported last week that the state added 17,280 private sector jobs during May. ADP's survey is separate from the one that is conducted by government agencies.

 

  Gov. Rick Scott has made job creation a main point in his re-election campaign.