JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Jacksonville area added 21,900 new private-sector jobs over the year in June. The area’s unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in June, declining by 0.8 percentage point in the last year.

Governor Scott said, “It is great news that the Jacksonville area created nearly 22,000 jobs over the past year and we are seeing continued economic growth across the state. We will continue to work to cut taxes and make it easier for businesses to succeed so families can find the jobs they need.”

The industries with the largest job growth over the year in the Jacksonville area were trade, transportation and utilities with 5,200 new jobs; education and health services with 4,500 new jobs; and leisure and hospitality with 4,300 new jobs. In June, the Jacksonville area rounded out the top five metro areas in job demand, with 18,765 job openings, including 5,349 job openings in high-wage, high-skill STEM occupations.

Florida businesses have added 102,600 new jobs since January 2016, bringing the total number of jobs created since December 2010 to 1,127,400 jobs. Florida’s annual job growth rate, at 3.2 percent, is also exceeding the nation’s, at 1.9 percent, for the 51st consecutive month. The state’s unemployment rate remained at 4.7 percent in June, the lowest rate since November 2007. More than 31,841 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Northeast Florida and the state’s other 24 regional workforce boards.

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

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