PENSACOLA, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Pensacola area added 3,300 new private-sector jobs over the year in September. The area’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, declining by 0.1 percentage point in the last year. Florida businesses created 17,900 private-sector jobs across the state during September 2016, bringing the total number of jobs created since December 2010 to 1,222,500 jobs.

 

Governor Scott said, “The Pensacola area added more than 3,000 new jobs over the year, which means thousands more Floridians now have the opportunities they need to succeed in Northwest Florida. These new jobs are incredibly important to helping Floridians provide for their families, which is why we will continue to cut taxes, diversify the economy, and make Florida more competitive for major jobs wins.”

 

The industry with the most job growth in the Pensacola area over the year was professional and business services with 900 new jobs. The Pensacola area had 4,600 job openings in September, which included 1,230 openings for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations.

 

Florida’s statewide unemployment rate remained at 4.7 percent, the lowest rate since November 2007. For the 54th consecutive month, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.6 percent is also exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.9 percent. More than 32,000 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Escarosa and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.

 

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

 

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