Gov. Scott: Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Area Led State in Job Creation

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) led all Florida metro areas in over the year job creation, with a gain of more than 39,300 new jobs. The MSA also experienced a 1.9 percentage point decline last month in the unemployment rate over the last year, down to 6.2 percent from 8.1 percent in November 2012.

Governor Scott said, “Today’s news that more than 39,000 jobs were created in the Tampa Bay area is a huge win for families. The November 2013 unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent and leading Florida in over the year job creation. Today’s great news is proof that our efforts to create an opportunity economy are working.”

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater MSA gained the highest number of jobs in November 2013 among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago with 39,300 new jobs. The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater MSA led the metro areas in gains in:

  • Professional and business services (+12,000 jobs).
  • Education and health services (+9,700 jobs).
  • Trade, transportation and utilities (+7,100 jobs).
  • Construction (+6,400 jobs).

The Tampa Bay MSA was first among the state metro areas in online job demand in November 2013 with 44,525 openings. The metro area was also first in the state in demand for STEM occupations with 12,288 openings in November. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for the fourth quarter of 2013 indicates that Tampa Bay area employers expect to continue hiring at an active pace. Twenty-one percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees. The net hiring outlook is increased considerably from the previous year.

In November, Florida’s 24 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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