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Florida unemployment falls below 10 percent

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January 20, 2012 11:26 AM EST | AP


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida's unemployment has dropped below 10 percent.

Gov. Rick Scott personally handled the conference call on Friday to boast that Florida's unemployment for December was 9.9 percent.

Florida's jobless rate is still significantly above the national unemployment figure of 8.5 percent and 913,000 eligible workers are still hunting for jobs across the state.

Scott campaigned on creating some 700,000 new jobs over a seven-year period assuming he'd win re-election in 2014. He said his strategy has led to the creation of 140,000 new jobs since he took office in January 2011.

Scott says Florida has added jobs at a faster rate over the past four months than any other state.