MIAMI, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Miami area added 23,900 new private-sector jobs in the last year. The unemployment rate in Miami was 4.7 percent in May, down 0.5 percentage point from a year ago. Statewide, Florida businesses created 21,900 new jobs in May and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent, the lowest rate since August 2007. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,377,100 new private-sector jobs.

Governor Scott said, “Our unrelenting focus on making it easier for businesses to grow in Florida has helped create nearly 24,000 jobs in the Miami area over the year. This great announcement combined with our nearly 10-year low unemployment rate is sending a message across the country that Florida is the best place to succeed.”

The industries with the highest growth over the year in Miami were education and health services with 6,300 new jobs; trade, transportation and utilities with 5,200 new jobs; and leisure and hospitality with 5,000 new jobs. Miami job openings ranked third among the state’s metro areas with 30,177 openings, and offered the third-highest number of high-skill, high-wage STEM jobs with 7,713 openings.

For 62 consecutive months, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3 percent is exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.8 percent. In May, 28,671 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource South Florida and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.

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

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