NAPLES, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that Southwest Florida area businesses added 3,200 new private-sector jobs over the year in April. Naples area businesses added 1,900 new jobs and the area’s unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, dropping 0.5 percentage point in the past year. Fort Myers area businesses created 1,300 new jobs and the area’s unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, also dropping 0.5 percentage point in the past year. 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 said, “Southwest Florida, along with the rest of the state, continues to add jobs with 3,200 new jobs created over the year in April. It is crucial that we continue to work each day to market Florida as the best place to do business so even more jobs can be created for families across our state.”

The industry with the most job growth in Naples over the year was construction with 1,200 new jobs. In April, the Naples area had 3,815 job openings, including 629 for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations.

The industry with the largest job gains in Fort Myers over the year was education and health services with 1,500 new jobs. In April, the Fort Myers area had 7,519 job openings, including 1,296 high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations.

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 Southwest 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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