The Florida Chamber Foundation has announced the November report of The Florida Scorecard By the Numbers.
In October, Florida's economy strengthened modestly across several key indicators. The state's unemployment rate reached a new post-recession low of 8.5 percent, which is down from 8.7 percent in the month of September. Employers added approximately 14,700 non-farm payroll jobs over the month -an increase of about 0.2 percent.
Moderate growth in housing starts and retail sales in September signal a continuing recovery, but much uncertainty remains for growth prospects in 2013 as a result of possible tax hikes.