Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) gained 20,100 new jobs over the year in April. The Jacksonville MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 1.2 percentage points over the year, from 6.8 percent in April 2013 to 5.6 percent in April 2014.
Governor Scott said, “The decline in the unemployment rate to 5.6 percent, coupled with 20,100 new jobs means that families in Jacksonville are succeeding. Let’s keep working to ensure that every individual seeking a job in Jacksonville, can find one.”
The industries with the largest job gains over the year were in professional and business services with 7,600 new jobs, leisure and hospitality with 6,800 new jobs, and trade, transportation, and utilities with 2,500 new jobs. All nine private sector industries saw positive annual job growth in April. Additionally, the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey indicates that 20 percent of companies interviewed plan to hire more employees.
In April 2014, the Jacksonville MSA had 19,621 online job openings and had 4,073 job openings for STEM jobs. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.
In April, CareerSource Northeast Florida, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards, reported more than 42,506 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, 8,851 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, more than 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.
Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for April 2014 was 6.2 percent and the state’s labor force again increased over the month and over the year for the fourth month in a row. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate has been below the national unemployment rate since August 2013, which was 6.3 percent in April 2014. Since December 2010, Florida has created 600,400 private sector jobs.
To view the April 2014 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.