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Florida online job listings flat

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Published:   |   Updated: October 18, 2013 at 04:49 PM

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced “incredible news” Friday with Florida online job postings up 78 percent in September from the previous year — if only it weren’t an error in reporting accurate information from the Conference Board’s Help Wanted OnLine data series.

Florida online job postings improved 1.12 percent from September 2012 to 271,126 last month, data from the New York-based Conference Board stated, contrary to the governor’s report.

Scott correctly pointed out the state increased job online postings by 78.2 percent from April 2009 — the depth of the recession — and last month.

John Tupps, a spokesman for Scott, said the governor did not use the incorrect figure in remarks he made in Kissimmee, but the release would be corrected.

Scott used The Conference Board’s report in lieu of releasing the customary monthly Florida jobless report because the U.S. Labor Department during the federal government shutdown did not provide data the state relies on.

The top five occupations for online ads in Florida in September were registered nurses, retail sales persons, food preparation supervisors and servers, supervisors of retail sales workers and customers service representatives, respectively, The Conference Board Report showed.

The lowest was telemarketers, followed by sales agents for financial services, marketing managers, network and computer systems administrators and computer systems analysts.

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