Gov. Scott: Pensacola Metro Area unemployment declined by 1.6 percent over the year and gained 2,500 new jobs

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has experienced 17 consecutive months of positive annual job growth, with an increase 2,500 jobs over the year in November 2013. The unemployment rate in the Pensacola metro area declined by 1.6 percentage points over the year, from 7.5 percent in November 2012 to 5.9 percent in November 2013.

Governor Scott said, “The Pensacola area’s positive job growth rate for 17 consecutive months and 2,500 new 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 5.9 percent, more families are succeeding in Pensacola and across the state.”

The Pensacola metro area showed a 10 percent increase in online job demand in November 2013 compared to a year ago, with 5,152 job openings. There were 916 openings for STEM occupations in the metro area in November 2013. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.

In November, Workforce Escarosa, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 42,100 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, 12,091 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2012, more than 426,000 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 111,173 former claimants finding employment.

Florida’s unemployment rate decreased to 6.4 percent in November 2013, down from 6.7 percent in October 2013. The statewide unemployment rate has remained below the national average of 7.0 percent since March 2013. Florida has created 446,300 private sector jobs since December 2010.

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