Gov. Scott: Pensacola Metro Area Added 2,000 Jobs in September 2014

PENSACOLA — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) again experienced positive annual job growth over the year in September 2014 with 2,000 new jobs. The metro area’s unemployment rate declined 0.9 percentage point over the year, from 6.7 percent in September 2013 to 5.8 percent in September 2014.

 

Governor Scott said, “Pensacola’s continued job growth and unemployment rate decline is great news for families in Northwest Florida. Since December 2010, Florida has added 651,300 private-sector jobs statewide meaning more Floridians are able to provide for their families. So let’s keep working on building an opportunity economy where more businesses can grow and create jobs.”

 

The industry with the largest job gains in the Pensacola metro area over the year was leisure and hospitality with 1,400 new jobs. The area has the third fastest annual job growth rate in this industry of all metro areas at 6.7 percent.

 

The Pensacola metro area had 5,578 online job openings in September 2014, an increase of 7.3 percent over the year, and 968 openings for STEM occupations, an increase of 5.1 percent over the year. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.

 

In September, CareerSource Escarosa, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards, reported more than 43,800 Floridians were placed in jobs. An individual who receives employment and training assistance through a One-Stop Career Center and finds a job within 180 days is deemed a placement and may be reported by a regional workforce board. Of these individuals, 9,362 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.

 

Florida created 12,800 private-sector jobs in September 2014, and since December 2010, Florida has created 651,300 private-sector jobs. Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since April 2012. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for September 2014 was 6.1 percent, down 0.8 percentage point from the September 2013 rate.

 

To view the September 2014 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

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