Published: Jan 21, 2011 5:12 PM EST
Updated: Jan 21, 2011 2:13 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida began 2010 with a 12 percent seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in January and the state ended the year the same way in December.

State labor officials Friday said December's rate also was unchanged from the 12 percent recorded in November. That continues to leave Florida with about 1.1 million unemployed workers.

 It's also 2.6 percentage points above the national figure for December.

The state's unemployment rate hovered at or near 12 percent throughout the past year and set a modern record of 12.3 percent in March.

 Its lowest mark last year was 11.4 percent in June.

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