Gov. Scott: Naples-Marco Island Metro Area Adds 4,800 New Jobs

NAPLES, Fla. — 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 October 2014. The MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 1.0 percentage point over the year, from 6.7 percent in October 2013 to 5.7 percent in October 2014.


Governor Scott said, “Last month, Florida businesses in the Naples area created 4,800 jobs over the year, and this is great news for families. Let’s keep working to create an opportunity economy that can help Florida families live their version of the American Dream.”


The industries gaining the most jobs in this metro area over the year in October 2014 were professional and business services with 1,100 new jobs, leisure and hospitality with 1,000 new jobs, and construction with 900 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 9.7 percent.


The Naples-Marco Island MSA had 5,446 online job openings in October 2014, a gain of 8.3 percent over the year. The area also had 767 online openings for STEM occupations, an increase of 34.8 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 October, CareerSource Southwest Florida, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards, reported more than 39,300 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, 8,346 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.


Florida created 32,000 private-sector jobs in October 2014, and since December 2010, Florida has created 679,000 private-sector jobs. Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since April 2012. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for October 2014 was 6.0 percent, down 0.7 percentage point from the October 2013 rate.


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