Fla. unemployment rate hits lowest mark since 2008

Associated Press Published: November 16, 2012
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Scott's 2014 re-election bid comes as consumer confidence is on an upswing statewide. University of Florida researchers reported that post-recession consumer confidence reached a five-year high in September and remained relatively upbeat going into last week's presidential election.

Four Florida counties reported unemployment below 6 percent, with Monroe County — home to Key West — the lone county reporting unemployment below 5 percent, at 4.7 percent. Walton, Okaloosa and Wakulla counties in the Panhandle were the other three under 6 percent. All have high proportions of government jobs.

Hendry County in southwest Florida reported the highest unemployment at 12.6 percent. Six Florida counties had double-digit unemployment rates in October.