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Florida's jobless number unchanged; Duval's drops a bit

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The state's jobless number remains unchanged at 8.8 percent, with Duval County seeing its unemployment rate drop, but still hovers above 9 percent.

Akem Brown, 22, is looking for a job and is hoping to land one as holiday hiring is underway.

The Jacksonville man dropped off his resume at Target which is hiring.

"Mostly retail stores looking for stock people, temp agencies can a find a little work there," said Brown.

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The Department of Economic Opportunity on Friday released the state's employment numbers, reporting that in the past month, 28,000 private sector jobs were created, the highest month-to-month gain since April of last year.

On the First Coast, Putnam County, which is rural, has the highest jobless rate of 11.2 percent. St. Johns County has the lowest at 6.7 percent. In both counties, the jobless rate dropped almost a half percent.

This week two national chains, Target and Kohl's, announced plans to add more staff in preparation for the holidays.

The Target store at Regency is planning to hire between 40-50 people. Store manager Connie Tumbleson said some of last year's hires were brought on full-time after the holidays.

When it comes to unemployment, Florida's rate has declined for 21 consecutive months. The Department of Economic Opportunity reports that month-to-month job growth has been positive for 11 of the last 14 months. 

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