Gov. Scott: The Pensacola Area Added 5,600 Jobs Over the Year

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent metro area experienced positive annual job growth over the year in February 2015 with 5,600 new jobs. The metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 1.0 percentage point over the year, from 6.5 percent in February 2014 to 5.5 percent in February 2015. Florida businesses have added more than 807,000 private-sector jobs since December 2010.

Governor Scott said, “Our work to create an environment where businesses can grow has paid off in Pensacola as 5,600 new jobs have been added over the year. Businesses are creating jobs all over the state and more than 807,000 private-sector jobs have been added in Florida since December 2010. This is great news for Florida families.”

The industries with the largest job gains in the Pensacola metro area over the year were leisure and hospitality with 1,600 new jobs, trade, transportation, and utilities with 1,200 new jobs, and education and health services with 1,000 new jobs. The Pensacola metro area had the fastest annual job growth rate compared to all metro areas in financial activities at 5.8 percent in February 2015. The Pensacola metro area had 5,748 online job openings in February 2015, an increase of 17.6 percent over the year, and 1,120 openings for high wage, high skill science technology engineering math (STEM) occupations, an increase of 29.1 percent over the year.

Florida created 14,900 private-sector jobs in February 2015, and a total of 807,100 private-sector jobs since December 2010. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for February 2015 was 5.6 percent. In February, more than 35,900 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Central Florida, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards.

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