NAPLES, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Naples area saw an increase of 3,900 jobs over the year in October. The Naples area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.6 percentage point over the year to 5.2 percent in October. Florida businesses have added 978,800 private-sector jobs since December 2010.

Governor Scott said, “Businesses in Naples are growing jobs and helping us achieve our goal of being first for job creation. We will continue to cut taxes and diversify our economy, so families in Naples have the opportunities they need to get a great job.”

The industries gaining the most jobs in the metro area over the year in October were education and health services with 1,200 new jobs and leisure and hospitality with 1,000 new jobs. The Naples area had 4,863 job openings in October, and the area also had 826 openings for high-wage, high-skill science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) occupations.

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 Southwest 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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