MIAMI, Fla.  — Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Miami area gained 14,700 new jobs in October over the year. The area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.4 percentage point over the year to 5.9 percent in October.  Florida businesses have added 978,800 private-sector jobs since December 2010.

Governor Scott said, “The Miami area added over 14,000 jobs over the year in October and the unemployment rate has continued to drop, which is great news for families in South Florida. We will continue to compete for jobs so Florida can become first for job growth.”

The industries with the largest job gains over the year in the metro area were leisure and hospitality with 6,400 new jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities with 4,200 new jobs; and professional and business services with 3,500 new jobs. The Miami area had the third highest job demand in Florida in October with 35,623 job openings, including 8,049 openings for high-wage, high-skill science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) occupations.

Florida created 36,600 private-sector jobs in October, the highest one-month total for jobs added in ten years. Since December 2010, 978,800 private-sector jobs have been created in Florida. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for October was 5.1 percent, the lowest in seven years. In October, more than 34,000 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource South Florida and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.

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