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Florida Gov. Rick Scott Florida Gov. Rick Scott

ORLANDO, FL—The State of Florida has gained 170,400 private sector jobs in the last 12 months and a bullish 8,300 new private positions in the month of April.

Gov. Rick Scott touted the strong employment numbers on Friday at a press event here at the El Meson restaurant. The governor noted that the state’s annual job growth rate of 2.3% continues to outpace the national economy’s 1.8% rate of job growth. The Sunshine State’s annual job growth rate has outpaced the national average for 72 of the past 73 months.

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