Published: Apr 15, 2011 11:37 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 15, 2011 12:32 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Rick Scott announced that Florida's monthly unemployment rate for March 2011 is 11.1 percent. That's the lowest it's been since November 2009.

The new number came out Friday morning.

The state's unemployment rate hovered around 12 percent throughout 2010. It began showing signs of improvement during the first two months of this year, dropping to 11.5 percent in February.

The state added 22,700 jobs in February, but nearly 1.1 million Floridians still were out of work.

As he campaigned for governor last year, Scott promised to create 700,000 jobs in seven years.

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