Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Jacksonville area added 20,600 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The area’s unemployment rate was 2.8 percent in October, down 0.3 percentage point from one year ago.

The industry with the highest growth over the year in the Jacksonville area was professional and business services with 8,700 new jobs.

In October, Jacksonville was among the top five metro areas in the state for online job demand with 26,598 openings, of those, 8,347 were for high-skill, high-wage STEM jobs.

Statewide, Florida businesses created 22,800 new private-sector jobs in October 2019. Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 2.8 percent continues to exceed the nation’s rate of 1.5 percent. Florida’s unemployment rate of 3.2 percent represents a drop of 0.1 percentage point over the year. This is while 179,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.7 percent in the past year.

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



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