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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Next only to California, Florida added the highest number of jobs in the nation in October and the state’s unemployment rate declined for the fifth straight month, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Last month’s unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, compared to 5.2 percent in August, the lowest its been since January 2008.

According to figures released Friday by the Department of Economic Opportunity, the state added 35,200 jobs last month. California added 41,200 jobs.

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The jobless rate remains higher than the national rate of 5 percent with approximately 492,000 unemployed Floridians.

Gov. Rick Scott touted the new job numbers a stop in Ponte Vedra Beach before a meeting with a private group that represents business leaders. He’s made job creation his main focus during his time in office.

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