Published: Apr 23, 2010 8:22 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  - Florida's stimulus "czar" says the federal program created or saved 33,218 jobs in the state during the first quarter of 2010.

Don Winstead said Friday that figure represents full-time equivalent jobs. They benefited 74,696 people as some didn't work the full quarter or were partly paid with other money. The biggest share of jobs were in schools - 17,773 full-time equivalent positions and a head count of 44,290.

Winstead, officially a special adviser to Gov. Charlie Crist, said the cumulative number of jobs created or saved in Florida since February 2009 is 153,000.

Florida has spent just under half of the $19.5 billion it expects to receive including benefits that go directly to citizens and local governments.