FORT MYERS, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that Southwest Florida added 12,600 private-sector jobs over the year in October. The Fort Myers area created 8,400 jobs and the unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, down 0.1 percentage point in the last year. The Naples area added 4,200 jobs and the unemployment rate was 5.2 percent, down 0.1 percentage point in the last year. Florida businesses created 8,900 private-sector jobs across the state during October 2016, bringing the total number of jobs created since December 2010 to 1,232,400 jobs.

Governor Scott said, “Southwest Florida continues to be a great area for job creation in the state, with more than 12,000 new jobs added in the last year. Our focus on cutting taxes and reducing regulations is helping job creators provide new opportunities for our state’s families.”

The industries with the most job growth in Fort Myers over the year were trade, transportation and utilities with 2,100 new jobs; professional and business services with 2,000 new jobs; and construction with 1,600 new jobs. In October, the Fort Myers area had 7,678 job openings, including 1,309 high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations.

The industries with the largest job gains in Naples over the year were construction with 1,200 new jobs and leisure and hospitality with 900 new jobs. In October, the Naples area had 4,014 job openings, including 701 high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations.

The state’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in October, as a result of the rapidly growing labor force which nearly doubled over the month. For the 55th consecutive month, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.3 percent is exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.8 percent. Nearly 38,000 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Southwest Florida and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.

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

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