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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – The numbers are in—Florida’s unemployment rate is staying flat.

The numbers, released Tuesday, show that the state’s unemployment rate for January was 5.7 percent which is unchanged from revised figured for December.

The state’s unemployment rate is now slightly higher than the national unemployment rate.

Florida added an estimated 13,900 jobs in December. The new figures show there are roughly 551,000 people out of work in the state.

Gov. Rick Scott announced the new jobs numbers during a visit to a production company that moved from Virginia to Ellenton in 2012.

Florida’s unemployment rate drop since 2010 was initially said to be because people stopped looking for work. But economists say that trend changed in 2014 as the economy started to recover.

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