TAMPA, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Tampa area added 33,300 new private-sector jobs in the last year, creating the second-highest number of jobs among all Florida metro areas. Tampa’s unemployment rate was a low 3.2 percent, down 0.6 percentage point from one year ago. Statewide, Florida businesses created 8,300 new jobs in April bringing the total number of new private-sector jobs created in Florida to more than 1.5 million since December 2010.

The industries with the highest growth over the year in the Tampa area were leisure and hospitality with 9,300 new jobs; education and health services with 6,300 new jobs; and financial activities with 6,200 new jobs.

The Tampa area remained first among the state metro areas in job demand in April with 44,083 openings. The Tampa area also continues to rank first in the state in demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 14,227 openings in April.

As of April, Florida’s unemployment rate remains low at 3.9 percent, a drop of 6.9 percentage points since December 2010; this drop is faster than the national decline of 5.4 percentage points. In the last year, 125,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.2 percent, which is greater than the national labor force growth rate of only 0.8 percent.

To view the April 2018 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

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