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Florida's slow economic recovery

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The U.S. economy added 155,000 jobs in December. But that wasn't enough to change the unemployment rate, which stayed at 7.8 percent.

While the jobs report shows that the country did add jobs last month, the nation still has a long way to go before it reaches full economic recovery.

The construction sector added 30,000 jobs in December. Much of that is due to rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy, but new construction is also surging in the Tampa Bay area. Builders say there is now a shortage of skilled construction workers in the industry.

Manufacturers added 25,000 workers, the most jobs in nine months. But the real unemployment rate, which includes the under employed and those that have given up looking for work, still remains at 14 percent.

"During that 18-month period of recession that technically ended in June of 2009, we lost 8.8 million jobs in America. Only 4.6 million of those jobs have been recovered," said former Labor Department Chief of Staff Paul Conway, "What you're seeing now with these numbers of new jobs created every month, about 150 to 153 thousand on average here, that is just barely enough to incorporate new workers into the work force."

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