FT. MYERS, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Ft. Myers area added 7,500 private-sector jobs over the year in August. The area’s unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, down 0.7 percentage point in the last year. Florida businesses created 22,600 private-sector jobs across the state during August 2016, bringing the total number of jobs created since December 2010 to 1,191,900 jobs. Governor Scott made the announcement at All Access Multimedia, a marketing and production company in Ft. Myers that specializes in commercials, web video and infomercials.

Governor Scott said, “I am proud to announce today that the Ft. Myers area added more than 7,000 new jobs over the year. Florida’s growing economy would not be possible without companies like All Access Multimedia. Small businesses like All Access Multimedia help Floridians provide for their families so they can live their dreams in our state. We will continue to do all we can to support these job creators.”

Founded in 2011, All Access Multimedia is a one-stop shop for advertising and media with an award-winning team of producers, videographers, editors, motion designers and artists that provide high quality production. All Access Multimedia started just five years ago and now employs eight Floridians.

Jackie Figueroa, owner of All Access Media said, “We are so proud of the great company we have built right here in Southwest Florida. My husband and I started All Access Multimedia as a way to provide useful information to the Hispanic community. We look forward to future growth and plan to hire another two full-time employees by the end of the year.”

The industries with the most job growth in Ft. Myers over the year were leisure and hospitality with 3,000 new jobs; trade, transportation and utilities with 1,600 new jobs; and professional and business services with 1,500 new jobs. In August, the Ft. Myers area had 7,577 job openings, including 1,251 high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations.

Florida’s statewide unemployment rate remained low at 4.7 percent, the lowest rate since November 2007. For the 53rd consecutive month, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.4 percent is also exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.9 percent. More than 33,058 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Southwest Florida and the state’s other 24 regional workforce boards.

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



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