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Jul 17, 10:31 AM EDT

Florida's unemployment rate drops slightly in June


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's unemployment is dropping slightly.

The June unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, compared to 5.7 percent the month before. The state added 7,000 jobs last month, according to figures released Friday by the Department of Economic Opportunity.

The state's jobless rate remains higher than the national rate of 5.3 percent. There are approximately 529,000 unemployed Floridians, out of a labor force of nearly 9.6 million people.

June's rate was a 0.6 percentage point drop from a year ago.

Hendry County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 10. 3 percent, followed by Hardee County at 7.8 percent.

Monroe County had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.6 percent, followed by St. John's County at 4.0 percent.

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