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The Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall area had the nation's largest unemployment rate decline for a metropolitan division from a year ago, according to August figures released earlier this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The city was one of 27 metropolitan divisions that recorded over-the-year jobless rate decreases in August, according to the figures that were released Wednesday.
For metropolitan area unemployment, the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area experienced the largest unemployment rate decline from August 2011, the report said.
The figures are good news for the Sunshine State and for Gov. Rick Scott, who tweeted a link to the report Friday morning. Scott has made creating jobs the focal point of his governorship, and came into office on a promise of creating 700,000 new jobs.
According to the statewide unemployment numbers released last month, Florida added 23,000 jobs in August, though the unemployment rate remained at 8.8 percent.
Figures released by the Labor Department Friday showed 114,000 new jobs were created last month to bring the unemployment rate down to 7.8 percent from 8.1 percent.