Published: Aug 19, 2011 3:36 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 19, 2011 4:26 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's unemployment rate has nudged up slightly.
    
State officials Friday reported it was 10.7 percent in July. That's up by a tenth of a percentage point from June's 10.6 percent rate.
    
Florida lost 22,100 jobs in July but still has a net gain of 64,300 jobs for the year to date.
    
Florida's rate also remained significantly higher than the 9.1 percent national jobless figure for July.
    
The U.S. Labor Department on Thursday, though, had some good news for the state.
    
It reported Florida last week had the biggest drop in applications for unemployment benefits of any state.
    
They were down by 2,580 due to fewer layoffs in agriculture, manufacturing, construction, services and retail.

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