As vaccinations for COVID-19 increase and the economic recovery from the pandemic continues, Florida’s jobless rate fell to 4.8 percent in January, far below the national average of 6.3 percent.

The state has experienced nine consecutive months of month-over-month job growth, gaining 1,700 private sector jobs in January, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity said Monday.

It’s the first time since the pandemic began that the rate has fallen below 5 percent.

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