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Jacksonville's unemployment rate rises to 7.0 percent

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Updated: 7/20/2013 8:51 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The unemployment rate in metropolitan Northeast Florida grew to 7.0 percent in June.

The rise equates to a 0.4 percent increase, from May's unemployment rate of 6.6 percent.

Florida's unemployment rate remained flat at 7.1 percent in June.

In a statement, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the June unemployment rate would "continue to contribute to the long-term trend of decreasing unemployment throughout the state."

"As Florida families are getting back to work, it is clear that it's working," he said.

Scott has made job creation his primary focus since winning office and will be up for re-election next year. 

Since December 2010, the statewide unemployment rate has declined from 11.1 percent to 7.1 percent.

Jacksonville's unemployment rate has dropped nearly 2.0 percent points over the last year.
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