Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the West Palm Beach area added 11,700 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The area’s unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in August, down 0.1 percentage point from one year ago.

The industries with the highest growth over the year in the West Palm Beach area were education and health services with 3,800 new jobs and professional and business services with 3,400 new jobs.

In August, the West Palm Beach area had 24,706 job openings and of those, 7,090 were for high-skill, high-wage STEM jobs.

Statewide, Florida businesses created 18,900 new private-sector jobs in August 2019. Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 2.8 percent continues to exceed the nation’s rate of 1.6 percent. Florida’s unemployment rate of 3.3 percent represents a drop of 0.1 percentage point over the year. This is while 143,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.4 percent in the past year.

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



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