PENSACOLA, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Pensacola area added 4,500 new private-sector jobs over the year in February. The area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.9 percentage point over the year to 4.7 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, “It is great news that the Pensacola area added 4,500 new jobs. These new opportunities mean more Floridians are able to achieve their dreams in our state. We will continue to work toward making Florida first for jobs.”

The industry with the highest job growth in the Pensacola area over the year in February was leisure and hospitality with 1,100 new jobs. The Pensacola area had 4,799 job openings in February, of which, 1,254 openings were for high-wage, high-skill, 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 Escarosa 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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