Gov. Scott: The Pensacola Area Added 3,600 Jobs Over the Year in December 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 December 2014 with 3,600 new jobs. The metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.7 percentage point over the year, from 5.9 percent in December 2013 to 5.2 percent in December 2014. Florida businesses have added 728,500 private-sector jobs since December 2010.

Governor Scott said, “The Pensacola area is continuing to see positive annual job growth with 3,600 new jobs created over the year, which is great news for families in the Panhandle. As Florida companies continue to grow and create jobs for families in our state, we will keep working everyday to foster a pro-business environment so Florida can become the global destination for business.”

The industry with the largest job gains in the Pensacola metro area over the year was leisure and hospitality with 2,000 new jobs. The Pensacola metro area had the second fastest annual job growth rate compared to all metro areas in leisure and hospitality at 9.9 percent in December 2014. The Pensacola metro area had 4,620 online job openings in December 2014, an increase of 10.4 percent over the year, and 913 openings for high wage, high skill science technology engineering math (STEM) occupations, an increase of 15.9 percent over the year.

Florida created 11,500 private-sector jobs in December 2014. Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since April 2012. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for December 2014 was 5.6 percent, down 0.7 percentage point from the December 2013 rate.

In December, more than 39,600 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Escarosa, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards. To view the December 2014 employment data visit


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