WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.  — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the West Palm Beach area added 11,900 jobs over the year in October. The West Palm Beach area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.5 percentage point over the year to 4.9 percent in October. Florida businesses have added 978,800 private-sector jobs since December 2010.

Governor Scott said, “We are excited that the West Palm Beach area added more than 11,000 jobs over the year. By cutting taxes and diversifying our economy, families across the state will be able to continue to find a great job and live the American dream.”

The industries with the largest job gains over the year were professional and business services with 5,000 new jobs and education and health services with 4,300 new jobs. The West Palm Beach area also had 21,929 job openings in October, including 5,482 high-wage, high-skill science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) openings.

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 Palm Beach 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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