WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the West Palm Beach area added 17,000 new private-sector jobs over the year in July. The area’s unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in July, declining by 0.4 percentage point in the last year. Florida businesses created 26,500 private-sector jobs across the state during July 2016, bringing the total number of jobs created since December 2010 to 1,160,700 jobs.

Governor Scott said, “With 17,000 new jobs added this year, it is clear that West Palm Beach’s businesses are creating new opportunities for families. By cutting taxes 55 times, including more than $1 billion in taxes cut over the last two years, we are making sure every Floridian has the opportunity to succeed.”

The industries with the largest job gains over the year in the West Palm Beach area were professional and business services with 4,500 new jobs; leisure and hospitality with 4,000 new jobs; and education and health services with 3,600 new jobs. The West Palm Beach area had 17,145 job openings in July, including 5,188 high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations.

The state’s unemployment rate remained at 4.7 percent in July, the lowest rate since November 2007. Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.3 percent is also exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.9 percent, for the 52nd consecutive month. More than 31,340 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Palm Beach County and the state’s other 24 regional workforce boards.

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

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