FT. MYERS, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Tampa area added 39,500 new private-sector jobs over the year in August. The Tampa area’s unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, down 0.6 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 said, “I am proud to announce today that the Tampa area added 39,500 new jobs over the year and also led the entire state in job demand with nearly 50,000 job openings. Because of our focus on creating a business friendly environment, more job creators are choosing to invest in Florida which means more opportunities for our families.”

The industries with the most job growth over the year in the Tampa area were professional and business services with 13,200 new jobs; trade, transportation and utilities with 7,900 new jobs; and leisure and hospitality with 7,800 new jobs. The Tampa area continues to be ranked first among the state metro areas in job demand in August with 49,542 openings. The Tampa area also remained first in the state in demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 15,727 openings in August.

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 Tampa Bay 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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