Gov. Scott: West Palm Beach Metro Area Adds 13,300 Jobs Over the Year in September 2014

WEST PALM BEACH — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the West Palm Beach metro area experienced positive annual job growth, with an increase 13,300 jobs over the year in September 2014. The metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 1.4 percentage points over the year, from 7.4 percent in September 2013 to 6.0 percent in September 2014.


Governor Scott said, “With 13,300 new jobs created over the year, the West Palm Beach area continues to move in the right direction. We must continue to create an opportunity economy where businesses can grow and create jobs for generations to come, so let’s keep working.”


The industries with the largest job gains over the year were education and health services with 3,600 new jobs, construction with 2,600 new jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities with 2,300 new jobs, and professional and business services with 2,200 new jobs. In September 2014, the West Palm Beach metro area was the top metro area in Florida for gains over the year in education and health services.


In September 2014, the West Palm Beach metro area had 20,935 online job openings. The metro area had 5,041 STEM occupation openings. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.


In September, CareerSource Palm Beach County, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards, reported more than 43,800 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, 9,362 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.


Florida created 12,800 private-sector jobs in September 2014, and since December 2010, Florida has created 651,300 private-sector jobs. Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since April 2012. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for September 2014 was 6.1 percent, down 0.8 percentage point from the September 2013 rate.


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