TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A new employment report tracking 20 metro areas in Florida finds every single one has recorded a drop in unemployment over the past year and most have seen big drops in the jobless rate.
The U.S. Department of Labor reports 14 of the 20 metro areas posted drops of two percentage points or more from October 2011 to October 2012.
Ocala led the way with a drop in its unemployment rate of 2.8 points - down to 9.1 percent.
Tampa's rate fell 2.3 percent in the past year, while Jacksonville saw its jobless rate drop two points.
Gov. Rick Scott welcomes the report. He says before he ran for governor, Florida had lost more than 800,000 jobs and saw its unemployment rate go from 3.5 percent to 11.1 percent.
"We've had the biggest drop in unemployment. We've had a lot of success. Companies are moving here, companies are expanding here but there's still a lot of work left to do. We still have people unemployed so my job's not done until every family that wants a job has one."
Gov. Scott believes he is on pace to meet his campaign promise of 700,000 jobs over seven years.
Florida's unemployment rate stands at 8.2 percent -- down from 10.2 percent a year ago.