Gov. Scott: Naples-Marco Island Metro Area Adds 4,000 New Jobs

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Naples-Marco Island Metropolitan Statistical Area experienced positive annual job growth with an increase of 4,000 jobs over the year in August 2014. The MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 1.0 percentage point over the year, from 7.9 percent in August 2013 to 6.9 percent in August 2014.


Governor Scott said, “With 4,000 new jobs, the Naples area is heading in the right direction and creating an opportunity economy. While we’re thrilled to see our pro-growth, business friendly policies working, we will keep striving until every person seeking a job finds one.”


The industries gaining the most jobs in this metro area over the year in August 2014 were in construction with 900 new jobs and professional and business services with 800 new jobs. In August 2014, the Naples-Marco Island MSA had the second fastest annual job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in total employment, tied with the Orlando metro area, with growth of 3.4 percent over the year.


The Naples-Marco Island MSA had 4,707 online job openings in August 2014, growing by 13 percent over the year. The area also had 616 online openings for STEM occupations, an increase of 18.2 percent over the year. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.


In August, CareerSource Southwest 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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