Gov. Scott: Jacksonville Metro Area Added 22,000 Jobs Over the Year in October

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) gained 22,000 new jobs over the year in October 2014. The Jacksonville MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 0.7 percentage point over the year, from 6.3 percent in October 2013 to 5.6 percent in October 2014.


Governor Scott said, “Over the year, 22,000 jobs were created in the Jacksonville metro area and the unemployment rate has dropped to 5.6 percent. It’s clear that Florida is heading in the right direction and that our efforts to create an opportunity economy are working in the Jacksonville area and across the state.”


The industries with the largest job gains over the year were professional and business services with 8,600 new jobs and leisure and hospitality with 4,300 new jobs. In October 2014, the Jacksonville MSA was among the top two metro areas in Florida for gains over the year in leisure and hospitality with 4,300 new jobs and in financial activities with 1,500 new jobs.


In October 2014, the Jacksonville MSA had 19,515 online job openings and had 4,612 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 October, CareerSource Northeast Florida, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards, reported more than 39,300 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, 8,346 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.


Florida created 32,000 private-sector jobs in October 2014, and since December 2010, Florida has created 679,000 private-sector jobs. Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since April 2012. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for October 2014 was 6.0 percent, down 0.7 percentage point from the October 2013 rate.


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