Gov. Scott: Pensacola Metro Area Adds 1,200 Jobs in August 2014

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) again experienced positive annual job growth over the year in August 2014 with 1,200 new jobs. The metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.5 percentage points over the year, from 7.0 percent in August 2013 to 6.5 percent in August 2014.


Governor Scott said, “These additional 1,200 new jobs in Pensacola is great news for families in the area. Florida has added 643,100 private-sector jobs since December 2010 and families are getting back to work.”


The industry with the largest job gains in the Pensacola metro area over the year was leisure and hospitality with 900 new jobs. Building permits were up 12.7 percent over the month and 16.2 percent over the year in the Pensacola metro area in July 2014.


The Pensacola metro area had 5,905 online job openings in August 2014, an increase of 6.8 percent over the year, and 930 openings for STEM occupations, an increase of 3.9 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 Escarosa, 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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