Jesse Panuccio

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A statewide two-day summit in Tampa to combat human trafficking is now over. And, while stakeholders agree Florida has come a long way in making people more aware of the issue, they say there’s still much work to do to address the practice.

Keta Browning / WFSU News

It was STEM Day at the Capitol Tuesday and students from across the state gathered with lawmakers to display their scientific achievements.

Florida Channel

Governor Rick Scott was sworn in for his second term Tuesday on the old steps of the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee. After the swearing in of the Cabinet members and his Lieutenant Governor, Governor Scott took his oath of office for the second time.

Throughout his Inaugural address, Scott touched on education and the environment. But, at the center of his speech was the cornerstone of both of his gubernatorial campaigns: jobs.

Figures released Thursday show Florida’s unemployment rate remained flat at 7.1 percent in June. State officials say although the rate remains the same, the workforce is steadily growing.

Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio said the state’s unemployment sits below the national average for the fourth month in a row.  He says the labor force has grown by about 50,000 workers since the beginning of the year, but some area like the manufacturing sector have been slow to grow.