NAPLES, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Southwest Florida area added 2,900 new private-sector jobs in the last year. Naples area businesses added 2,000 new jobs and the area’s unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, dropping 0.4 percentage point in the past year. Fort Myers area businesses created 900 new jobs and the area’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent, also dropping 0.4 percentage point in the past year. Statewide, Florida businesses created 21,900 new jobs in May and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent, the lowest since August 2007. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,377,100 new private-sector jobs.

Governor Scott said, “As more businesses move to and expand in Southwest Florida, more opportunities are being created for Florida families to succeed. It is great news that businesses in Southwest Florida have created nearly 3,000 jobs over the year and we will stay laser-focused on growing our economy for our future generations.”

The industry with the most job growth in Naples over the year was construction with 1,400 new jobs, while the area’s manufacturing industry grew by 8.1 percent. In May, the Naples area had 3,637 job openings, including 605 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 1,200 new jobs. In May, the Fort Myers area had 7,560 job openings, including 1,431 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 Southwest 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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