Tampa, Fla. (970 WFLA)- Florida's unemployment rate keeps dropping. The new unemployment rate is 7.1 percent, down 0.1 percent from the previous month.
Florida's unemployment rate remains below the national average of 7.6 percent.
Tampa Bay area unemployment rose from 6.7 percent in April to 6.9 percent in May.
Governor Rick Scott has been using the state's dropping unemployment rate as part of his re-election pitch. Scott spent the last week on a trade mission to Paris. During the trip he announced that several companies are expanding or relocating to Florida.
The May rate is the lowest it has been in Florida since September 2008. There are now an estimated 671,000 Floridians out of work.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Florida has gained the third highest number of jobs in the nation since last year.