Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Miami area added 22,000 new private-sector jobs in the last year, creating the third-highest number of jobs among all Florida metro areas. Miami’s unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, down 1.1 percentage points from one year ago.  Statewide, Florida businesses created 241,000 new private-sector jobs in December 2018.

To see the statewide job creation information, click here.

The industries with the highest growth over the year in the Miami area were construction with 8,000 new jobs and education and health services with 5,900 new jobs.

Miami continued to rank third among the state’s metro areas in job demand with 34,187 openings in December, and once again offered the third-highest number of high-skill, high-wage STEM jobs with 8,433 online ads.

Florida’s unemployment rate of 3.3 percent represents a drop of 0.6 percentage point over the year. This is while 140,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.4 percent in the past year. Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.2 percent continues to exceed the nation’s rate of 2.0 percent.

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



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