WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that West Palm Beach area businesses added 14,300 new private-sector jobs over the year in April. The area’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in April, dropping 0.5 percentage point in the last 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, “Our focus on cutting taxes and reducing regulations has helped businesses create more than 14,000 jobs in the West Palm Beach area over the year in April. We will keep working to make our state the first choice for businesses to grow and create new opportunities for our families.”

The industries with the largest job gains over the year in the West Palm Beach area were leisure and hospitality with 4,900 new jobs and professional and business services with 3,400 new jobs. In April, the West Palm Beach area had 17,912 job openings, including 4,985 openings in 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 Palm Beach County 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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