NAPLES, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Naples area added 3,100 private-sector jobs over the year in April. The area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.5 percentage point over the year to 4.1 percent.

Governor Scott said, “The Naples area added more than 3,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent, which is great news. We are working every day to support economic growth so our state can outcompete all other locations for new jobs and opportunities.”

The industries with the largest job gains in Naples over the year were leisure and hospitality with 1,300 new jobs and construction with 900 new jobs. In April, the Naples area had 4,400 job openings, which also included 886 high-wage science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) occupations.

Since December 2010, 1,094,800 private-sector jobs have been created in Florida. Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent in April, the state’s lowest in more than eight years. Florida businesses created 244,300 private-sector jobs over the year in April, exceeding the nation’s private-sector job growth rate for 49 consecutive months. Also, 35,386 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Southwest Florida and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.

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