Gov. Scott: Jacksonville Metro Area Added 19,900 Jobs Over the Year in September

JACKSONVILLE — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) gained 19,900 new jobs over the year in September. The Jacksonville MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 0.8 percentage point over the year, from 6.6 percent in September 2013 to 5.8 percent in September 2014.


Governor Scott said, “The decline in the local unemployment rate coupled with 19,900 new area jobs means that more and more families in the Jacksonville area are able to provide for their families and live the American Dream. So, let’s keep working to make sure that every Floridian who wants a job is able to get one.”


The industries with the largest job gains over the year were professional and business services with 8,800 new jobs and leisure and hospitality with 5,400 new jobs. In September 2014, the Jacksonville MSA was among the top two metro areas in Florida for gains over the year in professional and business services and leisure and hospitality.


In September 2014, the Jacksonville MSA had 20,133 online job openings and had 4,751 online openings for STEM jobs. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.


In September, CareerSource Northeast Florida, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards, reported more than 43,800 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, 9,362 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.


Florida created 12,800 private-sector jobs in September 2014, and since December 2010, Florida has created 651,300 private-sector jobs. Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since April 2012. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for September 2014 was 6.1 percent, down 0.8 percentage point from the September 2013 rate.


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