NAPLES, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Naples area added 2,100 new private-sector jobs over the year in February. The area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.6 percentage point over the year to 4.4 percent in February. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in February, the state’s lowest rate in eight years.

Governor Scott said, “With more than 2,000 new jobs created in the Naples area, it is clear that more families are finding opportunities to succeed in Southwest Florida. We have successfully cut taxes over 55 times since 2010, including more than $1 billion in taxes cut over the last two years, so we can continue to grow our economy. Florida is on the way to becoming first for jobs and we will not stop working until we reach our goal.”

The industries with the greatest job growth in the Naples area over the year in February were construction with 900 new jobs, and leisure and hospitality with 800 new jobs. Naples had 4,891 job openings in February, including 959 high-wage science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) occupations.

Since December 2010, 1,056,000 private-sector jobs have been created in Florida. Florida businesses created 235,200 private-sector jobs over the year in February, exceeding the nation’s private-sector job growth rate. Also during the month, 34,977 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Southwest Florida and the state’s other 24 regional workforce boards.

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