WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott announced today that the West Palm Beach area added 16,600 new private-sector jobs over the year in February. The area’s unemployment was 4.5 percent, down 0.5 percentage point over the year 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, “With more than 16,000 jobs added over the year in February in West Palm Beach and more than one million jobs created across the state in five years, it is clear that Florida is headed in the right direction. By cutting taxes 55 times, including more than $1 billion in taxes cut over the last two years, we are showing families and businesses across the country that Florida is the best place to succeed. We will continue to do all we can to support this growth so Florida can be number one for jobs.”

The industries with the highest job growth over the year in the West Palm Beach area were education and health services with 4,500 new jobs and professional and business services with 3,600 new jobs. In February, the West Palm Beach area had 21,606 job openings, which also included 6,323 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 Palm Beach County 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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