Gov. Scott: Jacksonville Metro Area Adds 18,000 Jobs Over the Year in August

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) gained 18,000 new jobs over the year in August. The Jacksonville MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 0.5 percentage points over the year, from 7.1 percent in August 2013 to 6.6 percent in August 2014.


Governor Scott said, “The decline in the local unemployment rate coupled with 18,000 new area jobs means that more families in the Jacksonville area are able live the American Dream. Let’s keep working to ensure that every individual seeking a job in this area can find one.”


The industries with the largest job gains over the year were in professional and business services with 6,900 new jobs and leisure and hospitality with 6,300 new jobs. In August 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, as well as in financial activities with 2,300 new jobs.


In August 2014, the Jacksonville MSA had 21,286 online job openings and had 4,576 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 August, CareerSource Northeast Florida, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards, reported more than 38,400 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, 8,134 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.


Florida created 23,000 private-sector jobs in August 2014, and since December 2010, Florida has created 643,100 private-sector jobs. Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since April 2012. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for August 2014 was 6.3 percent, down 0.8 percentage points from the August 2013 rate.


To view the August 2014 employment data visit


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