Gov. Scott: Tampa Metro Area adds 30,900 new jobs over year

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) added 30,900 new jobs in April 2014 compared to a year ago, the third-highest number of new jobs among all metro areas in Florida. The unemployment rate in the Tampa metro area declined by 1.3 percentage points over the year, from 7.2 percent in April 2013 to 5.9 percent in April 2014.

Governor Scott said, “We’re thrilled about today’s news of positive job growth and a decreasing unemployment rate in the Tampa area. With an unemployment rate down to 5.9 percent, 30,900 new jobs in the area over the year, and more than 10,000 STEM related online job openings, Tampa is certainly creating an opportunity economy where more Floridians can find a job.”

The industries with the largest gain in jobs over the year were in professional and business services with 9,100 new jobs, trade, transportation, and utilities with 7,100 new jobs, and leisure and hospitality with 4,500 new jobs.

The Tampa Bay MSA was first among the state metro areas in online job demand in April 2014 with 43,051 openings. The metro area was also first in the state in demand for STEM occupations with 10,896 openings in April. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.

In April, CareerSource Tampa Bay, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards, reported more than 42,506 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, 8,851 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, more than 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.

Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for April 2014 was 6.2 percent and the state’s labor force again increased over the month and over the year for the fourth month in a row. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate has been below the national unemployment rate since August 2013, which was 6.3 percent in April 2014. Since December 2010, Florida has created 600,400 private sector jobs.

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