Gov. Scott: 12,000 new jobs created over the year in West Palm Beach

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the West Palm Beach metro area was among the top five metro areas in the state for job growth in November 2013 with an increase of 12,000 new jobs. The unemployment rate in the West Palm Beach metro area declined by 1.7 percentage points over the year from 8.1 percent in November 2012 to 6.4 percent in November 2013.

Governor Scott said, “The area’s 1.7 percentage point drop over the year demonstrates our success in creating an opportunity economy. With 12,000 new jobs created over the year, West Palm Beach’s success is further proof that the steps we’re taking to create jobs and opportunities for Florida families is working.”

In November 2013, the West Palm Beach metro area was among the top four metro areas in Florida for gains over the year in education and health services with 2,700 new jobs. Other industries with the largest job gains in the metro area were trade, transportation, and utilities with 4,700 jobs and professional and business services with 2,200 new jobs.

In November 2013, the West Palm Beach metro area ranked sixth in the state for online job demand with 20,763 job openings. The metro area also ranked sixth for demand for STEM occupations with 4,450 openings. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.

In November, Workforce Alliance, Inc., along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 42,100 Floridians were placed in jobs. An individual who receives employment and training assistance through a One-Stop Career Center and finds a job within 180 days is deemed a placement and may be reported by a regional workforce board. Of these individuals, 12,091 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2012, more than 426,000 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 111,173 former claimants finding employment.

Florida’s unemployment rate decreased to 6.4 percent in November 2013, down from 6.7 percent in October 2013. The statewide unemployment rate has remained below the national average of 7.0 percent since March 2013. Florida has created 446,300 private sector jobs since December 2010.

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