Published: May 20, 2011 3:36 PM EDT
Updated: May 20, 2011 2:58 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's employment rate has declined for the fourth month in a row.

The Agency for Workforce Innovation on Friday announced the April rate was 10.8 percent, a drop of 0.3 percentage point from the prior month.

That's still 1.8 percentage point higher than the national rate of 9 percent.

Florida's rate now is more than a full percentage point down from December's 12 percent rate.

The number of people who are unemployed in the state also dropped below a million for the first time since October 2009.

In April, 996,000 Floridians were out of work.

Governor Rick Scott said, “I remain focused on job creation, so it is great news that this trend is continuing in the right direction.” “With tax relief for property owners and elimination of taxes on about half of the businesses that currently pay, I believe we are on the path to getting Florida back to work.”

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