Gov. Scott: Jacksonville Metro Area Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.8 Percent

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) unemployment rate declined by 1.7 percentage points over the year, from 7.5 percent in November 2012 to 5.8 percent in November 2013. The MSA saw an increase of 11,600 new jobs over the year in November 2013.

Governor Scott said, “The addition of more than 11,000 new jobs in Jacksonville means more individuals will be able to provide for their families during the holidays. While this is great news, we’ll continue working hard to grow jobs for families in Northeast Florida.”

In November 2013, the industries with the largest job gains over the year in the Jacksonville metro area were professional and business services with 6,400 jobs, trade, transportation, and utilities with 4,900 jobs, and construction with 3,300 jobs. The Jacksonville MSA has the fastest annual job growth rate in construction at 12 percent.

Housing starts in the Jacksonville MSA were up 7.5 percent over the year in October 2013. The Jacksonville MSA was among the top six metros in Florida for online job demand with 19,289 openings and ranked fifth in STEM job openings with 4,696 job ads. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.

In November, First Coast Workforce Development, Inc. along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards reported more 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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