Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Jacksonville area added 14,400 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The area’s unemployment rate was 3.5 percent in June, down 0.2 percentage point from one year ago.

The industries with the highest growth over the year in the Jacksonville area were leisure and hospitality with 4,700 new jobs, professional and business services with 4,400 new jobs and education and health services with 4,200 new jobs.

In June, Jacksonville was among the top five metro areas in the state for online job demand with 27,940 openings, of those, 8,663 were for high-skill, high-wage STEM jobs.

Statewide, Florida businesses created 11,500 new private-sector jobs in June 2019. Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 2.7 percent continues to exceed the nation’s rate of 1.7 percent. Florida’s unemployment rate of 3.4 percent represents a drop of 0.2 percentage point over the year. This is while 124,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.2 percent in the past year.

To view the June 2019 employment data, visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.



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