Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall metro area gained jobs in a number of different industries over the year, ranking the area in top five metro areas with 10,500 nonagricultural jobs created. Since December 2010, the unemployment rate in the Miami metro area has dropped 3.1 percentage points.
Governor Rick Scott said, “The Miami metro area is coming back with a gain of almost 10,500 jobs over the year. That’s great news for job seekers and means we’re making great progress in growing jobs for Florida families.”
In March 2013, the Miami metro area led the state metro areas in over the year job gains in financial activities (+2,600). The Miami area was second among the 22 metro areas in the state for gains in trade, transportation and utilities (+7,000 jobs) and in leisure and hospitality (+4,500 jobs).
The Miami metro area had the second-highest online job demand in Florida in March 2013 (33,017 openings) and had the third-highest number of openings for STEM occupations in March 2013 with 6,716 online ads. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.
Also in March, South Florida Workforce along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 32,800 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, 8,736 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2012, more than 426,000 Floridians were placed in jobs, with nearly 111,173 former claimants finding employment.
Florida’s unemployment rate decreased to 7.5 percent, down from the revised February 2013 rate of 7.8 percent and the lowest since October 2008. The state experienced an increase of 32,400 private sector jobs over the month. This increase brings the total number of private sector jobs created since December 2010 to 321,700. Since Governor Scott took office, the state’s unemployment rate has dropped 3.6 percentage points.
To view the March 2013 monthly employment data, visit: