FORT MYERS, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that Southwest Florida added more than 11,000 private-sector jobs over the year in September. The Fort Myers area added 7,200 jobs and the area’s unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, down 0.3 percentage point in the last year. The Naples area added 4,200 jobs and the area’s unemployment rate was 5.4 percent, down 0.2 percentage point in the last year. Florida businesses created 17,900 private-sector jobs across the state during September 2016, bringing the total number of jobs created since December 2010 to 1,222,500 jobs.


Governor Scott said, “With more than 11,000 new jobs created in Southwest over the past year, it is clear that our focus on cutting $1 billion in taxes over the past two years is helping job creators provide new opportunities for our families. We want Florida to be the number one state for jobs and we will keep doing everything we can to achieve that goal.”


The industries with the most job growth in Fort Myers over the year were leisure and hospitality with 2,100 new jobs; trade, transportation and utilities with 1,700 new jobs; and professional and business services with 1,500 new jobs. In September, the Fort Myers area had 7,438 job openings, including 1,274 high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations.


The industries with the largest job gains in Naples over the year were construction with 1,300 new jobs and leisure and hospitality with 1,100 new jobs. In September, the Naples area had 3,577 job openings, including 647 high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations.


Florida’s statewide unemployment rate remained at 4.7 percent, the lowest rate since November 2007. For the 54th consecutive month, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.6 percent is also exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.9 percent. More than 32,000 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Southwest Florida and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.


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