While the federal government was shutdown, Florida and South Florida's unemployment rate was dropping and the state was adding jobs, according to new data released Friday by the state.

Florida's unemployment rate fell to 6.7 percent in October -- the lowest in more than five years. The rate was last 6.7 percent in August 2008, the state said Friday.

The unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in October, down 1.5 percentage points from 8.2 percent a year ago.

Broward County's unemployment fell to 5.3 percent in October, the lowest since May 2008 when it was 4.8 percent, the state said. The rate was 5.6 percent in September.

In Palm Beach County, the rate was a bit higher: 6.7 percent in October, but 1.7 percentage points lower than the 8.4 percent rate a year ago. The rate was 7.1 percent in September.

Florida had the largest over-the-month increase in employment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity said the state's job growth was the strongest since June 2006. Florida added 44,600 jobs (+0.6percent) over the month.

Compared to October a year ago, the number of jobs in the state was up by 182,200, an increase of 2.5 percent.

Florida gained the most jobs in trade, transportation and utilities -- which is primarily retail: 56,300 jobs were added since October 2012. Leisure and hospitality gained the second largest number of jobs, 38,500 since last October.

There were 625,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 9.4 million.

The rate was 7 percent in August, the last rate released before the government shutdown delayed the Labor Department statistics.