Gov. Scott: Jacksonville Metro Area Adds 19,800 Jobs Over the Year

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was among the top five metro areas in the state for job growth in February 2014 with 19,800 new jobs over the year.The Jacksonville MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 1.4 percentage points over the year, from 7.5 percent in February 2013 to 6.1 percent in February 2014.

Governor Scott said, “The addition of 19,800 new jobs over the year and an unemployment drop to 6.1 percent in Jacksonville means thousands more have found work and can provide for their families. Let’s keep working to ensure that every Floridian can find a great job and an opportunity to live the American Dream.”

The industries with the largest job gains over the year were in professional and business services with 9,600 new jobs, leisure and hospitality with 4,800 new jobs, and trade, transportation, and utilities with 4,400 new jobs. In addition, housing starts were up 4.3 percent over the year in the Jacksonville metro area in January 2014.

In February 2014, the Jacksonville MSA was among the top six metros in Florida for online job demand with 18,037 openings and ranked number six for STEM job openings with 3,945 job ads.STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.

In February, CareerSource Northeast Florida, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards, reported more than 37,900 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, 9,620 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, more than 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.

Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for February 2014 was 6.2 percent, the lowest unemployment rate in the state since June 2008. The rate held steady to the revised January 2014 rate of 6.2 percent. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate has been below the national unemployment rate since August 2013, which was 6.7 percent in February 2014. Since December 2010, Florida has created 540,700 private sector jobs.

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