TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)- The latest unemployment figures show Florida’s jobless rate edged up slightly in March, despite a gain of 29,400 private sector jobs.

Gov. Rick Scott announced the new employment figures Friday while visiting Kellstrom Defense Aerospace, Inc. in Miramar, which is expanding its operations to add 20 jobs.

The figures show the March unemployment rate was 5.7 percent, slightly higher than February’s 5.6 percent. But it is a significant decrease from the March 2014 figure of 6.5 percent.

Scott says Florida has recovered all of the private-sector jobs lost during the 2007 recession and surpassed the previous peak private-sector employment in March 2007.

The governor says Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate, now at 4.2 percent, has exceeded that of the nation as a whole since April 2012.

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