PENSACOLA, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Pensacola area created 3,600 new jobs over the year in October. The Pensacola area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.7 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, “It is great news to see Pensacola’s unemployment rate continue to drop, and it is now at less than five percent. This exciting drop is because more businesses are choosing Florida over any other state to expand and create jobs for our families.”

The industries with the largest job gains in the Pensacola area over the year were education and health services with 1,100 new jobs and professional and business services with 900 new jobs. The Pensacola metro area had 5,267 job openings in October and 1,077 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 Escarosa 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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