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DeSantis touts Florida job numbers

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Job growth in Florida grew six times faster than the national rate last month according to the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to the Bureau, 51,000 private-sector jobs were created in the state in November while the national jobs market grew by just 210,000 jobs. Gov. Ron DeSantis credited anti-mandate policies with the increase.

“We’re a massive country with 330 million people and 200,000 jobs for the whole country is not a lot,” DeSantis said during a press conference on Dec. 17. “We’re holding down the fort here in Florida and (we) are going to continue to lead.

At the same time, DeSantis also announced that the Bureau revised Florida’s October jobs figures upward to 49,000 from 44,000.
“Because we have protected their livelihoods, Floridians are confident in finding work and operating their own businesses,” he said in a later written statement.

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According to DeSantis’ office, professional and business services created the most private-sector jobs in November, followed by the leisure and hospitality, construction, education, health services, and manufacturing industries.

Meanwhile, Florida’s private-sector employment increased by 470,000, or 6.4 percent, over the year, higher than the national rate of 4.4 percent.

All of Florida’s employment data for November 2021 is available at www.fljobs.org

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