Gov. Scott: Miami Metro Area Adds 35,400 Jobs Over the Year in September 2014

MIAMI — Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall metro area gained the second-highest number of jobs in September 2014 among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago with 35,400 new jobs. The area’s unemployment rate declined by 1.3 percentage points over the year, from 8.1 percent in September 2013 to 6.8 percent in September 2014.


Governor Scott said, “Today’s news that the Miami metro area added 35,400 new jobs over the year in September is great news for area families. Let’s keep working on building an opportunity economy here in South Florida where businesses can thrive and grow.”


The industries with the largest job gains over the year were trade, transportation, and utilities with 10,400 new jobs, professional and business services with 6,800 new jobs, and construction with 4,500 new jobs.


The Miami metro area had the third-highest online job demand in Florida in September 2014 with 33,456 job openings and had the third-highest number of openings for STEM occupations in September 2014 with 7,435 online openings. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.


In September, CareerSource South 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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