Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Pensacola area added 1,500 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The area’s unemployment rate was 2.7 percent in November, down 0.4 percentage point from one year ago.

The industries with the highest growth over the year in the Pensacola area were leisure and hospitality with 1,200 new jobs and education and health services with 1,100 new jobs. In November, the Pensacola area had 6,521 job openings and of those, 1,832 were for high-skill, high-wage STEM jobs.

Statewide, Florida businesses created 10,300 new private-sector jobs in November 2019. Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 2.6 percent continues to exceed the nation’s rate of 1.6 percent. Florida’s unemployment rate of 3.1 percent represents a drop of 0.2 percentage point over the year. This is while 200,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.9 percent in the past year.

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



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