Gov. Scott: Naples Area Adds 4,800 New Jobs Over Year

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Naples-Marco Island Metropolitan Statistical Area experienced positive annual job growth with an increase of 4,800 jobs over the year in December 2014. The MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 0.7 percentage point over the year, from 5.4 percent in December 2013 to 4.7 percent in December 2014. Florida businesses have added 728,500 private-sector jobs since December 2010.

Governor Scott said, “Florida is on a mission to become the global destination for jobs so that every family is able to live their dreams here in the Sunshine State. With 4,800 jobs created over the year, I applaud Naples job creators for helping us to accomplish that goal.”

The industries gaining the most jobs in this metro area over the year in December 2014 were leisure and hospitality with 1,400 new jobs and professional and business services with 1,000 new jobs. The metro area also had the fastest annual job growth rate compared to all metro areas in the state in the manufacturing industry at 6.3 percent. The Naples-Marco Island MSA had 4,571 online job openings in December 2014, and the area also had 742 online openings for high wage, high skill science technology engineering math (STEM) occupations, an increase of 44.9 percent over the year.

Florida created 11,500 private-sector jobs in December 2014. Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since April 2012. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for December 2014 was 5.6 percent, down 0.7 percentage point from the December 2013 rate.

In December, more than 39,600 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Southwest Florida, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards. To view the December 2014 employment data visit


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