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Unemployment falls, DEO gets new agency head

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Department of Economic Opportunity
Hunting Deuch replaces Doug Darling as the new head of DEO

Florida’s unemployment rate has dropped slightly from February’s 9.4-percent to 9-percent in March. As Sascha Cordner reports, the new head of the state’s job creation efforts says the decline is proof that the Governor’s efforts are working.

March’s jobless rate was at nine percent. That’s the lowest it’s been since January 2009. Newly appointed Department of Economic Opportunity executive director Hunting Deutsch says thanks to Governor Rick Scott, there’s been tremendous progress in job creation and unemployment reduction.

"The unemployment rate has declined over the month for nine consecutive months, it has been less than 10-percent for the last four months. Job growth has been positive for 8 of the last nine months. Over 10,800 jobs were created month to month, and since Governor Scott’s inauguration more than 100-thousand private sector jobs have been created.”

About 836,000 Floridians are still out of work. Florida’s overall rate remains above the national average of 8.2 percent.