TAMPA, Fla.  — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Tampa Bay area added 37,100 new jobs over the year in October. The unemployment rate in the Tampa Bay area declined by 0.9 percentage point over the year to 4.8 percent in October. Florida businesses have added 978,800 private-sector jobs since December 2010.

Governor Scott said, “The Tampa Bay area ranks first in the number of job openings in the state, especially in high-wage STEM jobs, which means more opportunities are available for local Floridians to succeed and provide for their families. The Tampa Bay area is continuing to be a great location for diverse businesses to grow and create jobs for families.”

The industries with the largest gain in jobs over the year were leisure and hospitality with 12,500 new jobs; education and health services with 9,300 new jobs; and professional and business services with 8,400 new jobs. The Tampa Bay area was first among the state metro areas in job demand in October with 50,383 openings. The metro area was also first in the state in demand for high-wage, high-skill science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) occupations, with 14,940 openings in October.

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 Tampa Bay and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.

To view the October 2015 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.



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