WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the West Palm Beach area added 13,500 new private-sector jobs in the last year. The area’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in May, dropping 0.5 percentage point in the last year. 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, “I am proud to announce that the West Palm Beach area added more than 13,000 new jobs for families over the year and that Florida’s unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest rate in almost a decade. By making important investments in economic development like the newly established $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, we can continue to fight to outcompete other locations for more jobs wins.”

The industries with the highest growth over the year in West Palm Beach were leisure and hospitality with 4,300 new jobs and professional and business services with 3,800 new jobs. In May, the West Palm Beach area had 18,159 job openings and offered 5,119 openings for high-skill, high-wage STEM jobs.

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 Palm Beach County 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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