Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the West Palm Beach area added 8,900 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The area’s unemployment rate was 3.0 percent in October, down 0.4 percentage point from one year ago.

The industries with the highest growth over the year in the West Palm Beach area were government with 3,200 jobs, professional and business services with 2,400 new jobs and education and health services with 2,000 new jobs.

In October, the West Palm Beach area had 24,201 job openings and of those, 6,794 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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