MIAMI, Fla.  — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Miami area added 19,100 new private-sector jobs in February over the year. The area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.8 percentage point over the year to 5.2 percent in February. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in February, the state’s lowest rate in eight years.

Governor Scott said, “The Miami area added more than 19,000 new jobs, which means more Miami businesses are growing and more families are finding the opportunities they need to succeed. Florida businesses have created more than one million jobs across the state in just five years, and we will keep working to make sure Florida continues on the path to becoming first for jobs.”

The industries with the largest job gains over the year in Miami were construction with 6,000 new jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities with 3,800 new jobs; and financial activities with 3,500 new jobs. Miami continued to have the third-highest job demand in Florida in February with 35,330 job openings, including 8,778 openings for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) occupations.

Since December 2010, 1,056,000 private-sector jobs have been created in Florida. Florida businesses created 235,200 private-sector jobs over the year in February, exceeding the nation’s private-sector job growth rate. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in February, the state’s lowest rate in eight years. Also this month, 34,977 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource South Florida and the state’s other 24 regional workforce boards.

To view the February 2016 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

 

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