HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -

Florida's unemployment rate was higher than the national rate.

The economy appears to be recovering slowly, as the state led the nation in job growth according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the data Florida’s annual employment growth rate exceeded the nation’s since 2012.

The state's jobless rate in June was 6.2 percent. That's a slight dip from the previous month when it was 6.3 percent. But the national unemployment rate is 6.1 percent.

The latest figures show there are nearly 600,000 people out of work in the state.

Florida gained more than 37,000 jobs in June. That was a turnaround from the previous month when the state shed nearly 18,000 jobs.

The unemployment rate in May rose to 6.3 percent, and the state lost nearly 18,000 jobs. It was the worst job loss in the nation.

The Fort Lauderdale metro area added the most jobs of all the state’s metro areas in government. Government data showed it was a .9 percent drop year over year with a 5.2 percent in unemployment in May.

BROWARD: The number of people who were unemployed in Broward County fell this month. The county’s unemployment rate this June was 5.3 percent, as opposed to the 6.4 percent of June 2013, Career Source said Friday.

MIAMI-DADE: Unemployment in Miami was 7.6 percent in May and was down to  7.3 percent in June.

WAGES: The steady hiring gains have yet to boost wages significantly. Wage growth has barely matched inflation since the recession ended five years ago. But more people with jobs increases the total number of paychecks, which could boost consumer spending and growth.

REPORTS

Read unemployment report of South Florida region

Read unemployment report of Broward region

Read unemployment report of Palm Beach County region

GRAPHIC: View national  jobless numbers