PENSACOLA, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Pensacola area added 3,100 new private-sector jobs in the last year. The area’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, 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, “The Pensacola area added more than 3,000 new jobs over the last year, which means more opportunities are available for families in Northwest Florida. Over the past six and a half years, more than 1.37 million jobs have been created across our state and we will keep fighting to make Florida the top destination for job growth.”

The industry with the highest growth over the year in Pensacola was leisure and hospitality with 1,500 new jobs. The Pensacola area had 5,550 job openings in May, including 1,794 openings for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations.

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 Escarosa 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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