Report: Florida’s private-sector job growth slows

Job creation in Florida slowed in February for the second consecutive month, according to an employment report released this week.

The state added 10,840 private-sector jobs last month, down from 11,610 in January and 25,230 in December. The figures were reported by payroll processing company ADP and compiled by Moody’s, and they do not take into account government jobs like the monthly U.S. Labor Department reports do.

The ADP report showed the biggest jobs gains in Florida’s trade, transportation and utilities industries (3,530 new jobs) and in professional and business services (2,330).

Nationwide, the ADP survey showed 139,000 private-sector jobs were added in February, down from 175,000 in January and 227,000 in December.

The government’s latest Florida jobs report, including the state’s unemployment rate for January, will be released on Monday. February numbers will follow on March 28.