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NAPLES — Florida’s unemployment rate continues to dip, but Collier and Lee rates are slightly higher.
New numbers released Monday show that the state’s unemployment rate in January was 6.1 percent. That’s the lowest the rate has been since June 2008.
There are an estimated 581,000 Floridians out of work.
Florida’s unemployment rate remains below the national average of 6.6 percent.
Jobless rates in Lee and Collier counties edged up a bit in January.
The unemployment rate in Lee grew to 6 percent, up from 5.7 percent in December, but down from 8.2 percent a year ago.
In Collier, the rate rose to 5.6 percent in January, up from 5.4 percent in December, but down from 7.6 percent a year ago.