WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that the West Palm Beach area added 10,200 new private-sector jobs over the year in June. The area’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in June, down 0.3 percentage point in the last year.

Governor Scott said, “Every job created makes a difference in someone’s life and that is why the creation of more than 10,000 new jobs in West Palm Beach is such great news. Our work to help Florida outcompete other locations for new job wins is clearly working.”

The industries with the largest job gains over the year in the West Palm Beach area were education and health services with 3,200 new jobs, and leisure and hospitality with 2,400 new jobs. The West Palm Beach area had 17,611 job openings in June, including 5,338 were high-wage, high-skill STEM occupations.

Florida businesses have added 102,600 new jobs since January 2016, bringing the total number of jobs created since December 2010 to 1,127,400 jobs. Florida’s annual job growth rate, at 3.2 percent, is also exceeding the nation’s, at 1.9 percent, for the 51st consecutive month. The state’s unemployment rate remained at 4.7 percent in June, the lowest rate since November 2007. More than 31,841 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Palm Beach County and the state’s other 24 regional workforce boards.

To view the June 2016 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.



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