JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Jacksonville area gained 12,700 new jobs over the year in October. The Jacksonville area’s unemployment rate declined by 1.0 percentage point over the year to 4.8 percent in October. Florida businesses have added 978,800 private-sector jobs since December 2010.

Governor Scott said, “The Jacksonville area has continued to add jobs and the unemployment rate continues to drop because of our priority to cut taxes and diversify our economy. We will keep working every day to make Florida first for job growth.”

The industries with the largest job gains over the year were trade, transportation, and utilities with 4,600 new jobs; education and health services with 3,700 new jobs; and leisure and hospitality with 4,700 new jobs. In October, the Jacksonville area had 21,458 job openings and had 5,163 openings for high-wage, high-skill science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs.

Florida created 36,600 private-sector jobs in October, the highest one-month total for jobs added in ten years. Since December 2010, 978,800 private-sector jobs have been created in Florida. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for October was 5.1 percent, the lowest in seven years. In October, more than 34,000 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Northeast Florida and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.

To view the October 2015 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

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