Gov. Scott: Pensacola Metro Area Added More than 3,000 New Jobs in April

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was among the top six metro areas in Florida for the number of new jobs over the year and among the top seven for rate of job growth in April 2013. The unemployment rate in the Pensacola metro area declined by 1.6 percentage points over the year, from 7.8 percent in April 2012 to 6.2 percent in April 2013.

Governor Scott said, “The Pensacola area’s positive job growth rate in April with more than 3,000 new private sector jobs created is further proof that the steps we’re taking to create jobs and opportunities for Florida families is working. With the area’s unemployment rate of 6.2 percent, we are seeing continued economic growth in Pensacola and across the state.”

The metro area added 3,300 private sector jobs over the year, growing at a rate of 2.0 percent. The Pensacola metro area led all metro areas in the growth rate over the year in trade, transportation and utilities (+6.1 percent) and was among the top three metros in Florida in over-the-year percentage growth in education and health services (+5.6 percent). In April 2013, the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent MSA was one of the five metro areas in the state that gained jobs in the information industry over the year.

The Pensacola metro area showed an increase in online job demand in February 2013, with demand for STEM occupations growing by more than 15 percent over the year. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.

Housing starts in the Pensacola metro area numbered 141 in March 2013. This was up 78.5 percent over the year. Further, foreclosures have declined 16.3 percent over the month.

In April, Workforce Escarosa along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 41,300 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, 11,457 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2012, more than 426,000 Floridians were placed in jobs, with nearly 111,173 former claimants finding employment.

With the addition of 16,700 private sector jobs over the month, Florida has experienced positive annual job growth now for 33 consecutive months. This adds up to 330,000 new private sector jobs created in Florida since December 2010.

Florida’s unemployment rate decreased to 7.2 percent, down from the March 2013 rate of 7.5 percent and the lowest since September 2008. Since Governor Scott took office, the state’s unemployment rate has dropped 3.9 percentage points.

To view the April 2013 monthly employment data, visit:

www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

 

 

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