TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Florida's unemployment numbers seem to be falling into the category of politics makes strange bedfellows.

The state releases it unemployment figures for July on Friday. They've shown steady improvement for the most part the past several months, which has been trumpeted loudly by Gov. Rick Scott.

Some Republicans are concerned that Scott's continued praise of Florida's slowly improving unemployment figures works to the benefit of President Barack Obama in the general election.

Scott has made job creation the hallmark of his administration and he has touted Florida's rebound in the job market to the chagrin of Republican colleagues who worry his enthusiasm serves to boost Obama's chances to carry Florida's 29 electoral votes in November. Florida's unemployment rate stood at 8.6 percent for a second straight month in June.