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Florida's unemployment rate edges down in October

By Regan McCarthy

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Tallahassee, FL – Florida's unemployment rate is down to 10.3 from 10.6-percent the month before. Regan McCarthy reports some of that is due to holiday hiring.

Department of Economic Opportunity Chief Economist Rebecca Rust says stores typically start hiring extra help for the Holiday season in October.

"It really starts with Halloween in October that more retail workers are hired. It's a big Holiday season actually for the retail industry."

Rust says that increased hiring continues through December. And she encourages people to take advantage of the opportunity.

"Historically, some of those jobs become permanent jobs. And so even though it may initially be only a temporary position, it can always turn into a permanent position."

Florida's unemployment rate is still higher than the national average, which is 9-percent.