South Florida unemployment rate down; good news for Gov. Rick Scott's campaign

Florida's unemployment rate remains relatively flat

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida's unemployment rate is remaining relatively flat, while the unemployment rate in South Florida is down from the same time last year.

In April 2013, Miami-Dade County's unemployment rate was 8.6 percent, which fell to 6.6 percent this year.

In Broward County, the unemployment rate fell 1 percent and is now down to 5 percent.

The state's jobless rate for April was 6.2 percent, or a slight dip from March when the rate actually went up.

But that means the unemployment rate has been the same rate for most of this year.

An estimated 599,000 people were out of work in the state.

Florida did gain 34,000 jobs last month and trailed only Texas and California in the number of jobs added in April, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Economists have said the numbers could be a sign that people are beginning to look for work again.

State economists have said a reason for past drops in the unemployment rate is that people left the labor force or had delayed their job search.

Regardless, the numbers are good news for Gov. Rick Scott and his Cabinet.

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera was in South Florida on Friday and stopped by Versailles in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood.

Before having lunch at the famous South Florida spot, he took time to criticize Scott's Democratic opponent, Charlie Crist.

"Well, I wasn't attacking Charlie yesterday," Lopez-Cantera told Local 10. "All I was doing is just using the same quotes that the Democrats used against him in 2010. I was just repeating what they were saying."

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