UPDATE 5/16 10:30AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida's unemployment rate is remaining relatively flat.
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.
There was an estimated 599,000 people 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.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida's latest unemployment numbers are coming out and could show how well the economy is faring.
The state's jobless rate for April will be released on Friday. The March rate was 6.3 percent. That was a slight increase over the previous month.
The ranks of the unemployed also increased by 17,000 to 606,000 in March.
But economists say that the slight uptick in unemployment could be a sign that people are beginning to look for work again.
State economists have said a big reason for recent drops in the state's unemployment rate is that people were leaving the labor force or had delayed their job search.
Job creation has been a main theme of Gov. Rick Scott's administration, and he has repeatedly cited the state's recovery in his re-election campaign.