Florida unemployment for June announced on Friday

TALLAHASSEE — The biggest day of the month for Gov. Rick Scott is here again.

The state of Florida will announce its June unemployment numbers Friday, and they're the heartbeat of Scott's administration. The first-term Republican governor campaigned on a pledge to create 700,000 new jobs in seven years. Although the rate has dropped since Scott became governor, state economists said Tuesday that Florida's unemployment rate has been improving largely because people are leaving the work force not because they are finding jobs.

Florida's 8.6 percent unemployment rate in May remains higher than the national average of 8.2 percent.

Scott insists the state's dropping unemployment rate is because of changes he has been pushing such as removing regulations that he believes are a roadblock to creating jobs.

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