Gov. Scott: Pensacola Metro Area unemployment rate down to 5.6 percent

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) unemployment rate declined by 1.2 percentage points over the year, from 6.8 percent in April 2013 to 5.6 percent in April 2014. The area experienced positive annual job growth over the year in April 2014 with 1,600 new jobs.

Governor Scott said, “As this region continues to recover from flooding, it’s welcome news that the unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent in April. Let’s keep working to create an environment where local families can benefitted from our pro-growth, business-friendly policies, so that every Floridian who wants a job can get one.”

The industries with the largest job gains in the Pensacola metro area over the year were leisure and hospitality with 900 new jobs, trade, transportation, and utilities with 600 new jobs, and financial activities with 500 new jobs.

The Pensacola metro area had 5,496 online job openings in April 2014, an increase of 17 percent over the year, and had 831 openings for STEM occupations. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.

In April, CareerSourceEscarosa, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards, reported more than 42,506 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, 8,851 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, more than 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.

Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for April 2014 was 6.2 percent and the state’s labor force again increased over the month and over the year for the fourth month in a row. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate has been below the national unemployment rate since August 2013, which was 6.3 percent in April 2014. Since December 2010, Florida has created 600,400 private sector jobs.

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

 

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