Gov. Scott: West Palm Beach Adds 13,900 Jobs Over the Year in December 2014

Governor Scott said, “West Palm Beach’s creation of 13,900 new jobs over the year and the unemployment rate dropping to 4.8 percent is great news for area families. We are committed to working together to make Florida the global destination for jobs, and will continue to create an environment across our great state that welcomes business innovation and success.”

The industries with the largest job gains over the year were education and health services with 4,200 new jobs and professional and business services with 3,200 new jobs. In December 2014, the West Palm Beach metro area was among the top two metro areas in Florida for job gains over the year in education and health services. In December 2014, the West Palm Beach metro area had 19,351 online job openings. The metro area had 5,064 for high wage, high skill science technology engineering math (STEM) openings.

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 Palm Beach County, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards. To view the December 2014 employment data visit


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