MIAMI, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that Miami area businesses added 16,500 new private-sector jobs over the year in April. The unemployment rate in Miami was 5.0 percent in April, down 0.4 percentage point from a year ago. Statewide, Florida businesses created 15,000 new jobs in April and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent, the lowest since November 2007. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,355,700 new private-sector jobs. Governor Scott will make the announcement at the Miami International Airport and recognize LATAM Airlines, which has created more than 1,000 jobs for Florida families. LATAM Airlines is a South American airline company with offices in Peru, Argentina and Florida.

Governor Scott said, “It is great news that more than 16,000 new jobs were created over the year in Miami, and I am proud to make today’s announcement at the Miami International Airport and recognize LATAM Airlines for their work to create more than 1,000 jobs for Florida families. Our many great airports help welcome millions of visitors to our state, and the Miami area is known across the globe as a top tourism destination. We must continue to support our tourism industry and the more than 1.4 million Florida jobs that rely on it in order to keep Florida a national leader for job creation.”

The industries with the largest job gains over the year in the Miami area were trade, transportation, and utilities and education and health services both with 6,400 new jobs. Miami job openings climbed to third among the state’s metro areas with 30,111 openings, including 7,535 high-skill, high-wage STEM job openings.

For 61 consecutive months, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 2.9 percent is exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.7 percent. More than 19,033 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource South Florida and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.

To view the April 2017 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

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