Gov. Scott: The Tampa Area Added 36,400 Jobs Over the Year

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) added 36,400 new jobs in February 2015 compared to a year ago. The unemployment rate in the Tampa metro area declined by 0.9 percentage point over the year, from 6.4 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, “With more job openings, declining unemployment rate, and the addition of more than 36,000 new jobs, Tampa’s economy is reflective of the state’s remarkable economic turnaround. Across the state, jobs are growing and unemployment is decreasing and we will continue our work until every Floridian who wants a job can get one.”

The industries with the largest gain in jobs over the year the metro area were leisure and hospitality with 9,000 new jobs, education and health services with 8,900 new jobs, and trade, transportation, and utilities with 8,200 new jobs. The Tampa Bay MSA was first among the state metro areas in online job demand in February 2015 with 49,416 openings. The metro area was also first in the state in demand for high wage, high skill science technology engineering math (STEM) occupations with 14,681 openings In February.

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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