Gov. Scott: West Palm Beach Metro Area Adds 14,600 Jobs Over the Year in August 2014

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the West Palm Beach metro area experienced positive annual job growth, with an increase 14,600 jobs over the year in August 2014. The metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 1.2 percentage points over the year, from 7.8 percent in August 2013 to 6.6 percent in August 2014.


Governor Scott said, “With 14,600 new jobs created over the year, it is evident that our policies are working in the West Palm Beach area. We want every Floridian to live their version of the American Dream, so it’s essential that every family benefits from our policies.”


The industries with the largest job gains over the year were in education and health services with 4,000 new jobs, leisure and hospitality and professional and business services with 2,700 new jobs each, and construction with 2,100 new jobs. In August 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 August 2014, the West Palm Beach metro area had 20,361 online job openings. The metro area had 4,644 STEM occupation openings. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.


In August, CareerSource Palm Beach County, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards, reported more than 38,400 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, 8,134 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.


Florida created 23,000 private-sector jobs in August 2014, and since December 2010, Florida has created 643,100 private-sector jobs. Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since April 2012. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for August 2014 was 6.3 percent, down 0.8 percentage point from the August 2013 rate.


To view the August 2014 employment data visit


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